The Ex NZFS Cullers group, ably co-ordinated by Derrick Field have been busy. Carkeek Hut has a reputation as the most remote hut in the Tararuas, it is now remote and cosy. Here’s the report: Carkeek Hut Report
The Outdoor Recreation Consortium has been able to support both the High Country Pleasure Riders and the Hanmer Springs Horse Riders with their complementary projects to create a backcountry riding trail spanning several valleys in Lewis Pass, including the legendary St James.
Read more about part of this work here, in a report from Peter Hurst: Windy Point Report
Waimea Tramping Club, in partnership with DOC, have completed a project to improve Balloon Hut on the Mt Arthur Tablelands. Read a full report here: Balloon Hut report
This project encapsulates so many of the reasons why we established the Outdoor Recreation Consortium:
– to protect and enhance our backcountry hut network
– for clubs and individuals to get the satisfaction of active contribution to their local huts and tracks
– to encourage great collaboration between locals and DOC
– to reinvigorate #backcountryculture, it is the little things that matter, like the checkerboard in Balloon Hut
– to complement community conservation…huts full of volunteer trappers.
– to tell stories about it all sometime in front of a roaring fire.
Paul Reid and friends sure know how to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. While the chopper couldn’t get in to Top Trent Hut, it could just squeeze into the nearby Top Crooked Hut, which also happens to be one of Paul’s projects, on behalf of the Permolat Trust.
Despite having planned for a totally different challenge, we reckon these guys made the most of their time. Check out Paul’s report here: Top Crooked Report June 2016
Flanagans Hut was built by the Motueka Tramping Club in 1985, recent work by volunteers funded by the Outdoor Recreation Consortium has enabled windows to be installed in the northern wall of the hut enabling better ventilation and passive heating. Many thanks to all involved.
Quite suddenly Mt Fell hut has moved, see it happening here
The Hut which sits above the bushline in Mt Richmond Forest Park will remain closed while remedial and maintenance work is completed. See the full scope and justification for the work to be completed here: NTC – Mt Fell Hut Application to the Outdoor Recreation Consortium
Many thanks to the NZDF, DOC and the volunteers of the Nelson, Waimea and Marlborough Tramping Clubs. We hope the rest of the project goes smoothly.
Gaylene Wilkinson and friends have recently completed a maintenance/enhancement project on the lovely little Lonely Lake hut. Lonely Lake was one of the huts in the area built by Golden Bay Alpine and Tramping Club in the 1970’s, others included Trident Hut and the first Boulder Lake Hut, so it is fantastic to see this tradition continue.
The first huts were part of the campaign for the formation of North-West Nelson Forest Park, which later became Kahurangi National Park, in which Golden Bay Alpine and Tramping club members including Berna and Frank Soper were instrumental. Read Gaylenes report here: Lonely Lake Hut report
Geoff Spearpoint has been on a roll in South Westland for a long time, but his recent efforts in Tunnel Creek, Roaring Billy and now Thomas River have shown increasing perseverance. Thanks also to his very handy partners in hut restoration, Liz Stephenson and Hugh van Noorden. Report here
An update from Geoff Glover of the Manakau Tramping Club..
“We had ten members on the day. We spent all day saturday and the morning on sunday working on the hut, the grounds around the hut, the toilet, and the tracks leading to the hut and away from the hut. We managed to do all the rain gutters, the inside of the hut including the moldy ceiling is like brand new now.
All club members involved were very enthusiastic and got stuck in to the task. There are several LARGE trees over the track which need DOC attention please. Our next working bee will involve some of the less direct tracks. Could you please advise by return our boundaries for track maintenance.
The whole grounds around the hut were manicured.
Something must have got out about our working bee clean up as that night at DALYS HUT there were 24 heads. “