Marchant Road End – Marchant Stream Forks – Marchant Ridge
August 13 2005
Map S26 Carterton
The forecast was for occasional heavy showers and northwest winds, so we were mentally prepared for a day that had to be dealt with, as we left the carpark at the Marchant Road end. Over Puffer Saddle and on down the Smith Creek track to Shepherd’s Stream the early morning weather was delightful. We went off-track up the spur on the true left of Shepherd’s Stream and had comfortable travel up to the Dobson’s track.
From the Dobson’s site we went east down over the burn, and then northeast off-track to Marchant Stream Forks. From the forks we went up the true right branch to the first side stream coming off Marchant Ridge. We were in windless conditions but when we looked up through the trees we could see the clouds travelling at speed.
Our next direction was up the spur on the true right of the side stream. It is a very direct spur up to the Marchant, and some sections are quite steep; but there were numerous animal tracks that facilitated travel. The top 50 vertical metres were an amalgam of totally undesireable vegetation before we came out on the track, to be dealt to by the strong wind. The weather gods were gracious enough to allow us time to tighten parkas before they threw a sleet-and-hailladen squall at us on the open tops of the burn.
Once off the open tops it was a pleasant return to the car; and again the weather gods held off the last squall until we had changed and were in the car. It was an enjoyable and invigorating day – just short of nine hours.
Trip members were Bill Allcock and Dave Reynolds