Orongorongo Track Browns Track Cattle Ridge McKerrow Track Haarvard Spur Medium trip
Wednesday 29th January 2020
No one seems to know how Haarvard Spur got its name, but I first heard it from the Kaumatua Tramping Club. The intriguing name seems to attract customers for trips.
Eleven of us left Catchpool at 8.30 a.m., and took the Orongorongo Track to the base of Browns Track, where we left packs and walked a few minutes along the Old Five Mile to look at the old ‘Browns’ sign, which is now impressively way above head height (see photo). Up Browns Track, we had some different perspectives on the wonderfully lush Catchpool Valley.
Morning tea was on lower Cattle Ridge to the screech of one of those darned long tailed cuckoos! The McKerrow Track was steeply up, as usual, the party taking some chat stops to gather breath but also to savour the bush that we are so lucky to enjoy on a Wednesday now that most of us are retired.
We lunched a wee way down Haarvard. It is a softer descent than the hard step down of Clay Ridge, although navigation needs a careful eye in places as the handful of mark ers are fairly hard to spot and the foot pad meanders somewhat when vegetation challenges. It was quite overgrown, suggesting it had not been used much over the past year.
We returned to Catchpool soon after 2 p.m.
- Party members
- Marg Pearce (leader & scribe), Paul Armstrong, Howard Larsen, Paddy Gresham, Alison Ryan (U.K.), Linda Beckett, Trish Gardiner Smith, Jane-Pyar Mautner, Pete Smith, Jeanette Martin, Susan Guscott.