Weekend - Friday 28 June 2019 to Sunday 30 June 2019 (3 days)
by John Parsons
Work area - from the Hurunui Hut northwards on the North South Track to two thirds of the way to the Leyland O’Brien junction with the North South Track.
The track from the Hurunui Hut north for a 40 min walk has been cleared.
Our end of work point was on the high point of the track north of the small tributary of the Managaputa Stream at GR 584117.
There is a large tree down along the track south of the Hurunui Stream just before the descent into the stream. A new track has been cut and marked around the west side of it. To clear the track of this tree would be beyond a chain saw job.
There are two tree falls 5 min north of the Hurunui Stream crossing which are easily passable but need a chain saw at some time in the future.
Jane's report on her return home is that it takes a further 20 minutes to reach the Leyland O’Brien junction, with lots of grass and a long muddy stretch.
Saturday 29 June was busy night at the hut:
- Two hunters and dog.
- Four from the Youth Search and Rescue
- Seven in the track clearing party
Four people used the hut.
It was very cold overnight, with hard frosts in the mornings and ice on the tents. Jane’s comment "Now I don’t need to visit Antarctica to know what it feels like..."
Leslie arrived at the work area Saturday afternoon, and her friend Shane arrived at the Hut late afternoon.
Work Party: John Parsons, Mike Champion, Bruce Butler, Justin Gleeson, Jane Marjoribanks, Leslie Topping, Shane.