Feb 22 2017

Hermits Cave Silver Peaks Rocky Ridge Tramps

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Distance from car park: 41 km.
Click Silver Peaks Forest for background information on the area.

7. 22/2/2017. Trampers. Hermits Cave. Leader: Arthur.

7 keen trampers set out for a trip in to the Silverpeaks, leaving the cars on Mountain Road at 9.25 p.m.

The weather was perfect for the inward tramp, overcast with a slightly southwest breeze to keep the temperature down.

After 40 minutes we stopped for morning tea. Past Green Hut site we climbed through the bush before emerging into the open. Good views in all directions, upward, and then stopped briefly to admire Pulpit Rock.

pulpit. (Helen pic and caption.)

A little further and we turned on to the Rocky Ridge track. At 12.15 p.m. we were on the track just above the Hermits Cave, the leader descending to find A cave, but not the Hermits Cave he remembered!

No one else was keen after watching him toiling back up to the track, so there was nothing for it but to have our lunch.

All sat and enjoyed the view – what a great spot it was. We could see the “Devils Staircase” leading down to Jubilee Hut also visible.

Lunch above Hermits cave. (Helen pic and caption.)

Looking down to cave. (Helen pic and caption.)

As we prepared to leave, a fine drizzle arrived and cloud was forming immediately to the east of Rocky Ridge. Coats on, and in a few minutes it was raining. Within minutes all the trackside vegetation was wet for us to walk through, the breeze changing to easterly with it.

By the time we got back to Pulpit Rock we were completely surrounded by cloud – the Pulpit Rock loomed rather eerily through the mist as we passed.

The rain had eased by the time we were back down to Green Hut, and after an occasional brief rest stop, we were back at the cars in the mist at  3.05 p.m.

We had made good time all day, both going in and coming back. Keith recorded the distance at 16.6 km for the trip.

A recovery time was taken at Blueskin Bay on the way home. We found Dunedin and the Taieri bathed in sunshine – but we had been in a different world! – Art.

6. 19/9/2012. Trampers. Hermits Cave via Green Hut, Pulpit Rock.

GPS of route, courtesy Ken.
18km 5hrs 34 moving time, stopped for 1hr 39min.
Total ascent 1051 mtrs. max elevation 754mtrs.
moving ave speed 3.2km/hr.
Mountain Road wasn’t bad, except for one deep corrugation.
And apart from the odd slushy patches on the track, its surface was largely dry with good grip. The weather was good but a strong breeze blustered us at exposed spots on the top ridges.
Seven of us went in, and seven came out, but it was a long day and the last 5 km out were a weary plod.
One of us developed an excruciating cramp on several occasions, necessitating quite a wee wait each time for the pain to recede.
A long day but not bad for a group including 3 in their 80s. – Ian.

Hermit’s Cave Bivvy. Pam’s proof positive for hubby.

Hermit’s Cave Bivvy. Pam insisted on Ian being in the pic too.

5. 23/2/2011. Trampers. Hermits Cave via Green Hut, Pulpit Rock.
 As the first track entrance sign round High Top has been removed, it is as well that the worst road holes beyond have been roughly filled to make the route in to the second entrace navigable.
The track in to the new sign shown below is just impossibly bad in wet weather. It has to be the most slippery and dangerous to be found anywhere. Apart from the Swampy Ridge Track indicated below, side track signs are now no longer there.)

The new sign at the foot of Green Ridge. No longer able to be rested upon!

New track sign opposite Possum Hut track turn-off. But no longer any indication of such.

Track sign by Pulpit Rock. No mention of Long Ridge.

Rocky Ridge ahead as we emerged from alongside Silver Peak No. 3.

The new Jubilee Hut (and out-house) clearly seen from Rocky Ridge.

Hermits Cave rather obscured by flax.

The roomy interior of the cave.

The small bivouac on the track right opposite Hermit’s Cave. Many going past don’t think to look down the hill to see the much roomier famous bivvy.

4. 11/10/2006. Trampers. Hermits Cave via Green Hut, Pulpit Rock. Leaders: Doug M, George
Claude, Ian, Doug, Lex Ria? Arthur, Evelyn

Claude, Ian, Doug, Lex Ria? Arthur, Evelyn

Jubilee

3. 26/11/2003. Trampers. Hermits Cave via Big Stream, Mount Allan. Hard. Leaders; George, Hazel.
Just past Poplar Hut turn-off. George, Doug J, Bob, Doug M, Hazel

Just past Poplar Hut turn-off. George, Doug J, Bob, Doug M, Hazel

Descending to Hermits Cave from off track. George, Arthur, Doug

Descending to Hermits Cave from off track. George, Arthur, Doug

Nearing cave. George, Arthur, Doug.

Nearing cave. George, Arthur, Doug.

Art and Doug

Arthur & Doug J at Cave

geo

George and Arthur at Cave

2. 29/1/2003. Trampers. Greeen Hut, Rocky Ridge, Hermits Cave. Hard. Leaders: George, Claude, Wendy.
Cave

Bob, Lex, Wendy, Ian, Doug M, Who?, Arthur

1. 9/3/1994 Hermits Cave, Silverpeaks. 3 alternative stages – long, medium, short. Leaders: George, Doug J, Jean A, Eleanor

 

The hermit.
An account by a long-standing OTMC member.
Nice guy. Working for L T Martins in fancy furniture. Small. Some hang-ups. Disagreement. Found out not to be a partner. “Little Ross” Adamson. Disappeared. Went all round South Island. Seen in a few different places.  Seen peering through window at Jubilee Hut. Caught some sheep. “Big Ross” Lake, a friend, and another male sought out Little Ross (with the knowledge of the police) and persuaded him to come out after two years. Police lenient. Lived normal life. Married. Children.

Another account. A leading light of the OTMC. Missing for 2 years. All over South Island. Silver Peaks for only the latter six months. Police brought him in when he started killing sheep. Account agrees it was indeed Jubilee Hut, not Green Hut as is commonly supposed, where he was seen.

A further comment by another: A little man – had a swelling on the side of his face which embarrassed him.  Quite withdrawn but had a great sense of humour when you got to know him.  An excellent bushman and a good teacher and leader in the hills. In the late sixties he worked for Valley Industries as a sheet metal worker and lived in a flat in (I think) Heriot Row – lived alone.  Lots of stories about his history.

 

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