Ruahine Use Group Operations Update
Safety in the mountains
Ruahine User Group Update
Ken Mills, Operations Managaer, DoC reports to the Ruahine User Group
Well winter has finally hit us. Put those shorts away, grab the longs, get more wood for the fire. There is snow on the hills behind the village of Takapau, and down to the bush edge on the eastern Ruahines this morning.
Here is an update of work completed in the Ruahines since my last update several weeks ago.
We have finished cutting the track between Shutes and Ruahine huts so now all the tracks around Shutes,Taruarau Biv,Diannes to No-Mans road have been completed.
The track up Potae creek between Lake Colenso and Ruahine Corner huts has been cut and remarked, some hut jobs completed at Lake Colenso ,but unfortunately we didn’t get the big slip (just past the unknown campsite turn-off) benched. With winter here and no doubt rain I’m sure the slip will continue to move so care will be needed if crossing it. We may have to reroute the track if the slip is going to continue slipping, but unsure when this maybe.Track cutting has been completed from Hinerua hut to the park boundary heading towards the Tukituki river, to the tops and down towards Smiths Stream. Hopefully this week we can finish the track towards Alder road. The tracks around Smiths Stream hut are due but this weather will delay us, will keep you updated on these if we get them cut.
Top Maropea hut has been lifted with new piles and some landscaping done using a small digger to divert water away from the hut which was running down the track and under the hut, the helipad has also been enlarged and made safer for landings and take-offs.
Sunrise and Rangi huts have had monthly hut checks completed, Sunrise hut has had firewood stocked up and Rangi hut will be done as soon as weather conditions allow.
Roadend lawns have been done at various locations and some roadend signs repainted.
Will update you all at the next RUG meeting which I understand will now be on Monday 20th June 7.00pm (I think) in Palmerston North.
Regards, Ken Mills
Safety in the Mountains
We have recently had two occassions where club member safety became an issue. The club has copies of the MSC booklet for sale for $5.00. Please speak with Sue Martin, Club Librarian if you would like to purchase a copy.