Ruahine Use Group Operations Update from the Operations Manager, Ken Mills.
Ruahine User Group Update
Ken Mills, Operations Managaer, DoC reports to the Ruahine User Group
August 15, 2016. I have just spoken to a chap who spent Saturday night at Sunrise hut. There is snow on the track from about the turn off down to the Waipawa River. At the hut itself the snow is about 2 feet deep with drifts up to waist deep off the track and around the woodshed. There is a big tree down just before the Waipawa River turn off which you can get around then several above there which you can grawl under.
It took this chap nearly 3 hours to walk up there on Saturday, should be quicker on Wednesday after some snow melt hopefully.
The Kashmir roadend to Longview hut, the snow level is still below Longview hut(maybe half way up still)the last hill going up the road is very rough it will pay to park down the bottom and walk up the last section unless you have four wheel drive vehicles.Please ring me if you want more info.
July 22, 2016. Just giving everyone a heads up that I will be planning next summers track maintenance programme sometime in August with staff from Palmerston North. The question I have for you people is are there any tracks (apart from the track from Table Flat road end to Iron Gates Hut which the Palmerston North crew have made a start on)that are overgrown that should be cut this summer. If you know of any please let me know, these may already be on my list for this year if not consideration could be given to cutting them this summer.
June 22, 2016. Kashmir road is OK until the last hill up to the carpark at the end. The first hill is fine although some front wheel drive cars find it hard to get up. The road has many potholes but it’s the last hill where water has got on the road. One culvert is exposed .I was up there a couple of weekends ago in a two wheel drive hi-lux and scrapped the bottom of the running boards. It will be no problem in a four wheel drive ute.
Club members have indicated that they would like to go on this club trip. It is being coordinated by Sue Martin, and she will be liaising with those who wished to go.The proposed itinerary:-
· The plan is to travel to Wellington late Thursday afternoon (private or hired van)
· Go to Kapiti Island Friday (HB anniversary day, work day for Wellington)
· Postponement day for Kapiti or variety of tramps organised locally or do your own thing
· Travel back to HB on Monday. Some may wish to travel back on Sunday, and this can be accommodated with the Paekakariki Motor Camp, as long as Sue is advised.