2104 – 2128 Locke Hut

The weather had improved immeasurably by the time we arose with the clouds moving in a different direction and no rain.

The first 9km to Hurunui No.3 Hut (I still haven’t found No.2) were easy and uneventful except for a short stop at some hot springs where Silvan and Angelynn had a soak. They were kind of a surprise to me because, unlike volcanic hot springs, they didn’t smell overwhelmingly of sulphur.

After Hurunui No.3 we headed up to Cameron Hut and started to get an impression of the vast amount of water that had travelled down the valley last week. Slips, fallen trees, and signs of serious flooding are everywhere. By the time we reached Harper Pass Bivvy large portions of the track had been either swept away or fallen off.

Once over the pass the track looked like a scoured riverbed due to the water and occasionally just ended abruptly where the river had swept away a small bluff.

Locke Hut is fairly untouched though which is good as I am sleeping in my beloved tent as there are 10 people here.

 

2086 – 2104 Hurunui Hut

The rain poured down all night and I thought that we would have to follow plan no. 1 and stay at Hope-Kiwi another day until the rivers had come down but in the morning the rain had stopped so we set off for Hurunui Hut.

About an hour later the rain started again.

There was not a lot to see on the way to the hut. Lake Sumner was obscured by cloud and the rain was fairly constant. There was quite nice Beech forest though with not much undergrowth and vast amounts of moss.

The lake was high and some of the last part of the track was covered with it so we had to bush bash to get around it to the river flats in order to cross the footbridge. After that it was roughly 1/2 an hour to the hut where Silvan performed his usual magic and lit the fire.

The rain stopped almost immediately. 🙂