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This article was first published in the Tararua Tramper in April 2006

Billy Stew

August 6 – 7 2005

What Contributes To An Enjoyable Billy Stew?

  • a variety of meats
  • a large variety of winter vegetables
  • a tasty gravy mix
  • a fire-blackened billy
  • good company
  • an open fire place with a ‘busy’ fire
  • an adequate supply of dry wood
  • a day of absolutely ideal Tararua weather – a cloudless sky and NO wind
  • a 10 hour tramping day; made up of track travel; off-track travel; bush bashing; and bush grovelling

That was our Saturday. Otaki Forks car park; up the Waiotauru track; past Waiotauru Hut on the true right of the river; up the spur that leads to Renata A [904] on Renata Ridge; and along to Renata Hut.

What Are The Benefits Of An Enjoyable Billy Stew?

  • a relaxed chat around a warming fire in a winter-chilled hut
  • sharing bush knowledge with a hunter hut-mate
  • a contented night’s sleep
  • an energized feeling the morning after
  • enthused anticipation of another 10 hour tramping day
  • another cloudless, windless Tararua day

That was our Sunday. Renata Hut to Maymorn Junction; up and over Kapakapanui; north along the Henderson Shelter route; over Pukeatua; north along the ridge top and down to Otaki Forks.

The contentedly – satisfied trampers were
Dave Reynolds, David Molnar, and Bill Allcock

Page last modified on 2006 Jun 09 11:02

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