My tramping plan for spring/summer/autumn of 2019/2020
I am in the process of planning my 2019/2020 tramping season, this is a task I do every year to give me something to aspire to. It is a real mix: day walks, overnight trips, Te Araroa Trail sections and Great Walks. If completed it will see me visit several new conservation areas: Kahurangi National Park, the Hakatere Conservation Area, Mt Aspiring National Park, Ahuriri Conservation Park and Rakuira National Park.
The plan will add another 300 odd kilometers towards the completion of my Te Araroa Trail section walk.
|Key Summit, Fiordland National Park....walking in December 2019|
Obviously this is all tentative as the weather will determine if these trips go ahead. Some of the early trips may also be affected by the lambing season....
I'm hoping for the best, cracking sunny skies and not ex tropical storms...I look forward to this being a stonking tramping season.
So...onto the plan.....
I am attempting to get into top fettle by the end of the season so I can think about some harder trips in March/April 2020. I also want to be fit enough for the Great Walks I am walking later this year. I have incorporated a lot of day trips between now and December and will work my way up to longer distances as the months progress.
Im working on my trail fitness for the Routeburn in late November-early December.
Completed trips are in Red:
Hanmer Forest Park, Forest Journey/Conical Hill Tracks, 30 July – 2 Aug, day trip
Canterbury Foothills, Mt Grey Track, 17/18 Aug, day trip (rain....other commitments)
Port Hills, Taylors Mistake to Godley Head, 24/25 Aug, Christchurch 360 Trail, day trip
Banks Peninsula, Rod Donald via Waipuna Saddle, 7/8 Sep, day trip/overnight
Banks Peninsula, Packhorse Hut from Kaituna Valley, 14/15 Sep, day trip/overnight
Seaward Kaikouras, Kaikoura – Mt Fyffe Hut, 20-22 Sep, day trip/overnight
|On the Forest Journey, Hanmer Forest, August 2019|
Canterbury Foothills, one of: Mt Oxford/Mt Thomas/Mt Richardson, 5/6 October, day trip
Banks Peninsula, Mt Herbert via Port Levy Saddle, 12/13 October, day trip
Abel Tasman NP, Wharewharangi Hut, 26-29th October, Great Walk: multiday trip
Arthurs Pass NP, Bealey Spur or Woolshed Hill, 2/3 Nov, day trip
Nelson Lakes NP, Brunner Peninsula/Mt Robert Circuit, 15-17 Nov, camp at Kerr Bay Campground and day trips
Fiordland NP/Mt Aspiring NP, Routeburn Track, 30 Nov-6 December, Great Walk: multiday trip
Arthurs Pass NP, Christmas Break: Otira Valley/Temple Basin/Avalanche Peak/Sudden Valley, late December over the Christmas break
Craigeburn FP, Cass-Lagoon Circuit, early January possibly over Christmas, multiday trip
Arthurs Pass NP, Greyneys Shelter to Goat Pass Hut, mid Jan, multiday trip (also TA Section)
Rakuira/Stewert Island, Rakuria Track, 28 Jan-2 Feb, Great Walk: multiday trip (also TA Section)
Arthurs Pass NP, 2020 Waimakiriri River Romp, Crow Hut/Waimakiriri Falls Hut/Barker Hut, over the 2020 Coast to Coast weekend, 6-8 Feb, multiday trip...an annual event
Lake Summer FP, Harpers Pass Track-mid February, TA Section, multiday trip
Lake Daniels Scenic Reserve, new Manson-Nichols Hut, TBC opening date, day trip/overnight
|I will be heading up the Waimakiriri River in early February|
March 2020 (Possible trips TBC)
Nelson Lakes NP/St James Conservation Area, D’Urville-Waiau Valley Trip: D'Urville Valley- Moss Pass- Blue Lake- Waiau Pass- Waiau Valley- Hanmer via St James Cycleway, early March, Partial TA Section, multiday trip
Arthurs Pass NP, Coral Track/Cons Track, late March, day trip
April 2020 (Possible trips TBC)
Kahurangi NP, Heaphy Track or Cobb Valley or Lake Matiri or Mt Arthur Tablelands, multiday trip
Abel Tasman NP, Inland Track- Anchorage to Totaranui, multiday trip
Hakatere Conservation Park, one of: Rakaia River- Rangitata River or Rangitata- Lake Tekapo or Tekapo- Lake Ohau- all TA Sections, multiday trip
|Hoping to visit Lake Tekapo in 2020|
If I do all of these trips I will be able to bag over 40 DOC backcountry huts which will take me up to nearly 220 huts visited (I am currently at 172 visited...). It will be interesting to see how many of these trips actually go ahead....watch this space!