Longview Hut and beyond, Ruahine FP. Wednesday March 12 2014
The trip in was uneventful and I had been enjoying the much-improved Kashmir Road. However, I became more concerned as time went on after the thought crossed my mind that the road upgrading was to make it wide enough for a logging truck – not for a logging truck and a van full of trampers. No problem though, except for the maze of logging roads and changed scenery and landmarks near the end.
The rain was never heavy and not really a concern and the clouds lifted to hut level when we arrived, giving brief views down to the plains below. Some returned via Rocky Knob, some via the Daphne track and some directly. Although the weather wasn’t perfect, we all enjoyed a good day out. Of note on the upper part of the track were the large number of mature Spaniards (of the plant variety) some with trunks as large as my ankle.
Trampers: Keith Moretta, Phil Enticott, Gill Waiting, Jennie Burns, Robyn Smith, Peter Slagter, John Marshall, Vic Bullock, John Burrell, Tony Pluymers and reporter Ken Ross