Big Hill, Saturday June 21, 2014
Northern Ruahine Forest Park
A group of 16 trampers took up our ballot to travel through Big Hill Station to tramp in the northern Ruahines. The club received two permits in the 2013/14 year and we are always keen to visit the part of the Ruahine Ranges which is so close to home.
We reached Ruahine Hut and commenced our walk down the Shutes Hut track. The sign indicates that it is a six-hour tramp to Shutes Hut. A lot of us have visited Shutes Hut from the Comet Road end track, but we have never spent the night there. We would love to do so, some time in the summer.
After lunch, we headed across a small side steam before assessing the way up a ridge to get to the 4WD track that would take us back to Ruahine Hut. The majority took a route up which was marked with yellow markers. Gossie, myself and John Dobbs and Elly Govers took what was claimed to be a steeper route up. For John, it was a challenge, clinging to the rocks and finding a way up.We re-grouped and continued our way along the ridge. On the western side of the ridge, a large slip has been created, but we clung on to kanuka as we made our way up.
We made our way towards a grassy spot for an afternoon snack break, before continuing on to find the start of the 4WD track. The track is now extremely rutted, and no longer usable for vehicles. The greasy clay made a few slips inevitable. My shoulder is still feeling the pain.
We reached Ruahine Hut around 3 pm, and all very pleased that we had taken that route, as we had been rewarded with splendid views.
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Trampers: Elly Govers, Ted Angove, John Dobbs, Denise Payne, Sue Marshall, Colin McNatty, Simon Hill, Alison Greer, Sue Martin, Ray Slavin, John Marshall, Les O’Shea, Russell Greer, Graham Taylor, Murray Goss and reporter Julia Mackie