Well our large group of Social Climbers day in the Kahurangi National Park Mount Arthur area experienced a mixed bag of activities and weather! Maybe John’s suggestion to move to the Friday would have afforded better views than Thursday! Thank
you John for great organisation for the day.
There were several approaches to the Mountain.
Two groups overnighted in the Mt Arthur Hut on Wednesday and Thursday nights and “summited” on Thursday in good weather. Allan K, Peter
and Anne Holst had beautifully clear skies to the West out to the Tasman sea, but very cloudy to the East. The other group (Alex, Dee & Doug had beautiful weather and views on Friday
The main group led by John Mck, walked up to the Mt Arthur Hut
in pleasant conditions, but with no views and low cloud/misty conditions.
The final group of six were led by the Hardie-Boys through to Grid Iron Shelter and back
The first 3 “summiteers” met up with a large group lunching
at the hut and we all walked down together with some good flora expertise/advice from Rebecca (who knew we had two native cedars, [Kawaka or lowland cedar (Libocedrus plumosa) and Kaikawaka, pāhautea or mountain cedar (Libocedrus bidwillii) ] The Dracophyllum
traversii (Mountain neinei) was also abundant. Bill Page a long-time friend and trapper for the “Friends of the Flora” provided knowledgeable commentary on the resident birdlife and flora as well.
We are blessed in this club to have members
with a mine of amazing experience and knowledge about our wonderful wilderness and our special flora and fauna.
The Mount Arthur region was a perfect finale for the year and we all had a great day and a good walk. Some of us are pleased we didn’t
wait another 10 years before attempting the summit! Looking forward to planning another full calendar of interesting and challenging Social Climber's walks in the new year!