Sawtooth Ridge Trip

Up the hill we went in the dark – not an inky dark, lit by a huge oculus-moon highlighting the jagged terrain amid fragmenting cloud. Not a breath of wind and a landscape bathed in ivory light made for a glorious hour up to Longview Hut for the night. Jessie’s headlamp threatened to add to … Read moreSawtooth Ridge Trip

A South Ohau Womble‏

An endless summer holiday period  about to come to a close. Warmth and a lack of precipitation forecast. The remaining question was where to take a full van of EM punters. Our trip was originally scheduled for Waitaewaewae, but Sarah, Rachel, Dan & I had tramped that route recently due to route adjustment when trips sharing … Read moreA South Ohau Womble‏

The Chocolate Packhorse

After a dismal forecast predicted for the weekend, our trip was changed to plan B which avoided swims in the Eastern Hutt river that had been part of plan A. Saturday saw a 7am start for the drive to Otaki Forks. From here we walked up the Pukeatua track with Emily setting a good pace. … Read moreThe Chocolate Packhorse

In search of the new lost Waikanae Crag

Last year, rumors started to surface at Fergs that a new crag had been bolted near Waikanae, which was shortly followed by the whinges of seasoned climbers, ‘yeah right, a big long bush bash for crumbling greywacke.’ But then Christmas arrived and Santa delivered a guide to the Wellington Rock Climbing facebook group. See Waikanae … Read moreIn search of the new lost Waikanae Crag

Get down, hold on – river rafting up North

When my brother emailed me the link to the Rafting NZ webpage, asking if I’d be happy for him to book the trip, I saw the words ‘extreme’ but figured that was just marketing, and didn’t read much further. So that is how I came to be booked to raft both the Kaituna River (with … Read moreGet down, hold on – river rafting up North

Kapiti Island – DOC Volunteer Work

On Saturday morning around 8.15 we boarded our ferry in fine weather, along with a large group of day visitors, for the 10 to 15 minute trip to Kapiti Island. Despite warnings of bad weather brewing we had a pleasant journey. On arrival at Rangatira Flat we volunteers were greeted by DOC rangers Gen and … Read moreKapiti Island – DOC Volunteer Work