East Holdsworth M
Wednesday November 1st 2017
Despite the good weather forecast only three members signed up for a trip to the tops. It is a long day when you take in the drive to and from Holdsworth. We set out from Brown Owl at 7-30 in warm sunny conditions which persisted until late morning. Given the ideal conditions, the intended rather long untracked spur was replaced by the shorter more direct East Holdsworth Track, which would ensure we were able to complete the circuit returning via Powell Hut. The lower part of the track, which was very dry, provided good tramping, but at about 600 metres there were several large wind falls to negotiate; none were a serious issue. As we climbed higher the sun deserted us and on reaching the bush line we were in calm conditions with high cloud but no sun. The ridge line was misty, cool and a little damp. Then came the highlight of the trip - an abundance of Brachyglottis lagopus, a bright yellow daisy-like flower, which were in full bloom. Many had just opened and were in pristine condition. We were very fortunate with our timing because subsequent high winds in the Tararuas would have damaged the petals.
Not for the first time the photos at the trig were in the mist. Powell Hut is still open and will remain so until repairs to Jumbo are completed, at which time it will be closed. The hut has internal reinforcing on either side of the main entrance door. A sign suggests that the hut may be unsafe in high winds and suggests that the occupants relocate to the road end or Mt House shelter. The trip down was straightforward but for the fill which has been washed away from some of the steps, increasing the rise or fall, depending on whether ascending or descending, beyond the DoC specification. An enjoyable day on the tops.
- Party members
- David McNabb, Marg Pearce and Dave Reynolds (leader and scribe and photos)