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Jun 07 2017

Bus Trip: Trotters Gorge

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7/6/2017. All. Bus Trip. Trotters Gorge. Leaders; Keith, Dave and Arthur.

Hike app route map, courtesy Ian. (About a km short, due to slowness to engage the app.)

It was cold waiting for the bus to arrive at the car park, which it did at 8.30 a.m. It only took a few minutes for all to embark, with their accoutrements, and we were away. The Brighton group meet the bus at Green Island, to bring the total for our day out to 41, which included 2 guests/potential members.
The sun was shining in the driver’s eyes as he gave us a smooth ride up S.H.1 before turning off. The bus stopped a short distance before the Trotters Gorge picnic ground, at the beginning of a forestry road, where the Hikers and Trampers would begin their combined tramp. The Ramblers stayed with the bus. It was just after 10 a.m.
The combined group walked a couple of hundred yards to have a brief morning tea in the sunshine. The day was sunny and cool after the morning frost, but later the cloud built up to overcast. It was ideal conditions for the tramp, which followed a main forestry road. These were pine trees, which had been planted after the area had been harvested just a few years ago. The young trees did not obscure our views of the surrounding terrain, which was good.

We followed the road in a north to north-west direction, winding around somewhat, and going…

Regroup at top of first rise. (Ian pic and caption.)

…uphill twice before descending again. The distinctive rock formations of the area could be frequently seen.

Eventually we came to a much longer uphill section, but the grade was good.

Heading up one of the long hills. (Helen pic and caption.)

A regroup was necessary at the top as the hill had sorted out the faster people.

At this time we turned onto Fantail Road, to change direction for the return half of our circuit. This was also at the highest elevation of our day, with good views out to Moeraki township and the sea.

There was a light breeze up here, so we found a sheltered spot in Fantail Road at which to stop for our lunch It was nice in the sun.

Lunch time in a sheltered area. (Helen pic and caption.)

Lunchtime over, it was only a few minutes’ walk till we left the road to begin the descent into Trotters Gorge. At first, for a short distance, the 4WD track was bare clay, steep, and a bit slippery. Once past that bit progress was good, and eventually we reached Trotters Creek. We were down in the canyon now, with ever-changing views of the rock cliffs.

beautiful rock formations. Lots and they were all different. (Helen pic and caption.)

Impressive cliff, (Ian pic and caption.)

They look like limestone, but are actually greywacke -breccia conglomerate formed about 80 million years ago. About 12,000 years ago Trotters Creek was a much larger river and carved out the gorge.

Our track followed the bottom of the gorge now, with 6 stream crossings to make,

One of the six water crossings. (Helen pic and caption.)

the water being 3 or 4 inches deep at each. We reached the picnic area and the bus just after 2 pm, after an enjoyable day’s tramp.

There we found that 6 of the Ramblers were missing in action, necessitating a search party being sent out – thanks Alex, Helen and Dave. Happily they were located, on the cave circuit track, coming back out.
So, it was back onto the bus for the return to Mosgiel. The planned coffee stop on the way home had to be forgone due to the time lost finding the Ramblers – but I expect that they will be “shouting” for all next week?
The Combined Group’s circuit had covered 10.7 km, and the Ramblers had done some bush walking from the picnic area.
The day had apparently been enjoyed by all. My thanks go to fellow leaders, Keith and Dave. Also to Shona for collecting the fares, and Bob for co-ordinating the bus. – Art.

 

?Ramblers report of day at Trotters Gorge.

After the trampers and hikers were dropped off, the 10 of us who had opted for a shorter walk stayed on the bus while the driver drove to the pick-up spot. This took him a bit of manoeuvring. By this time we were really looking forward to a cup of tea, so we walked along the road to a nice sunny spot to sit and enjoy it. We walked back to the bus and got a map from driver which showed a bush track with a shortish loop track not too far along. The 10 of set off on this really lovely track. After a while 4 of our group opted to go back leaving the rest to carry on. We came to the loop track and decided to have a look at it as there was a cave to view not too far a long. Anyway, our loop track proved to be rather more difficult than we had bargained on being very steep up hill and very slippery with mud etc. However, having hauled ourselves up using scrub, roots or a friendly hand, to say nothing of crawling on hands and knees, we decided to carry on as we weren’t keen on returning the way we had come and hoped that the way down would be less challenging! This proved to be marginally right. We decided at about 12.20pm to have lunch sitting in the cave. The way down was slightly better but still required a lot of care. Once again we managed by sliding on backsides, hanging on to trees or whatever else presented its self, and helpful advice and hands of companions. It has to be said here that the one in front with help and advice quite a bit of the time was none other than our 90 yr old and sight impaired Molly!!

Bev and Lesley about to go down a very steep track at Trotters Gorge.

We were at no time lost, and as there were 6 of us, in no danger of not having someone to go for help if needed. We had not been given any time to be back at bus and as, in the past, a bus trip has always meant a whole day out, we didn’t feel any concern about time as it was before 3pm. We actually felt quite proud of ourselves and what we’d achieved by just taking our time and giving each other support and help. – Bev

8/12/2004. Both. Bus Trip. Trotters Gorge. Leaders: Ria, Doug J, Catherine, Joyce.
Small stream crossing.

Small stream crossing. George, Who? Doug.

Track through cleft in rock on return.

Track through cleft in rock on return. Dorothy.

At bus at tramps' end.

At bus at tramps’ end.

8/10/2003. Both. Trotters Gorge. Bus. Medium. Leaders: Trampers: Joyce, Pat McL; Hikers: Nancy, Catherine.

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Oct 07 2015

Gabriels Gully, Lawrence. Bus Trip

Gabriels Gully. Key to Maps
Gabriels Gully. Key to Maps
Map No. 2. Otago Dam

Map No. 2. Otago Dam

Map No. 3. Munro Gully

Map No. 3. Munro’s Gully Bush Walk. Oburns Track.

Map No. 4. Wetherstons to Goldfield Park Historic Reserve.

4. 7/10/2015. Both. Trampers: Otago Dam. Hikers: Rail Trail, Munro Road. Leaders: Dorothy, Chris, Bev.
TRTC Bus Trip to Lawrence
On a very warm but windy day, at 8.35am, 44 members, including two guests, set off for Lawrence. We arrived soon after 9.30am after a comfort stop in Lawrence. 29 hikers were taken to the picnic area at start of Clutha Gold Walking & Cycling trail that goes to Roxburgh and 9 trampers were taken to Gabriels Gully from where they were starting their tramp. The remaining 6 who had come along to enjoy a day out in the company of fellow club members, remained on the bus and were taken back to Lawrence to spend the day there checking out shops, museum, information centre and eating places.
Rail Trail, Munro and Blue Spur Roads.

GPS of Hikers’ route: Rail Trail, Munro and Blue Spur Roads. (Add 0.22 km to route as slow to switch on the Nike app at the start.)

Hikers started off along the trail about 9.50am and walked for about ½hr till we came to suitable place to sit and have a welcome cuppa …

Cuppa

Cuppa stop.

…before carrying on to where the trail crosses the main road to carry on to Roxburgh.

Evans Flat

Evans Flat sign on trail where  it crosses SH8, and where Munro Road begins across the highway.

Here we stopped to sort out those who felt they had walked far enough from those who wished to carry on along Munro Road to Gabriels Gully.
There were 8 who opted to wait for bus to take them to Gabriels Gully where they had their lunch and waited for rest of us to walk there via Munro Road. They found it hard to find a place out of the gale force wind to sit and enjoy their lunch but did find somewhere reasonably sheltered in the end.
The remaining 21 hikers set off about 11.30am along Munro Road having decided to try and find a suitable place to have lunch about 12.30pm. Wind by this time was getting worse but we did find a reasonable place with some shelter from wind and sun, which by this stage was getting pretty hot. From here those that were going to do the Interperative track when they got to Gabriels Gully, 15 of them, set off before the remaining 5 of us who had decided we would just take our time doing the rest of walk to Gabriels Gully. Well, taking our time was not an option but a necessity! The wind kept coming in violent gusts that were threatening to bowl those of us of smaller stature completely off our feet. It was a case of us hanging on to each other to keep our feet on the ground! What a very welcome sight it was to get to top of hill and see the bus waiting for us at end of road. We had walked about 11km and with battling the wind as well as the walk, it felt like it.
By this time only the trampers had yet to be picked up and that had been arranged for 2.40pm. As it was only about 2pm bus took us back to Lawrence where we all went to various places for refreshment of choice, a look round shops or whatever one felt like doing to fill in time till 3pm when we were due to leave.
All back in bus and ready to set off for Mosgiel by just after 3pm. A tired but happy group who all agreed we had had a good day out in spite of wind and heat. – Bev.

Trampers’ Report.

After an uneventful bus trip to Lawrence, the bus dropped 9 trampers at Greys Dam in Gabriels Gully, where we had morning tea, before tackling the track up to the Otago Dam …

1. Otago Dam away above Grabriels Gully (Ken pic and caption)

1. Otago Dam away above Grabriels Gully (Ken pic and caption)

… high above where we were. As the track had a closed sign on it, there was some questions as to whether we could negotiate it all the way up.
I was pleased to see the first creek crossing was low enough to get across without getting wet feet, however one party member [who shall remain nameless] decided she would tackle a slippery rock, & came off 2nd best, ending on her knees in the creek. No damage was sustained, except to her pride.
As we made our way up the track, the storm damage was very evident to see,

4. Track conditions- not all like this! (Ken pic and caption)

4. Track conditions- not all like this! (Ken pic and caption)

but there was nowhere we got held up due to fallen trees etc. as the track had been mostly cleared so you could at least keep going.
There are about 5 creek crossings to negotiate, but we all made it safely, with lots of encouragement, & directions on where to put feet, & what to hang onto.

5. A balancing act (Ken pic and caption)

5. A balancing act (Ken pic and caption)

8. Will we all make it with dry feet (Ken pic and caption)

8. Will we all make it with dry feet (Ken pic and caption)

13. Can I run on water (Ken pic and caption)

13. Can I run on water (Ken pic and caption)

On reaching the top at the Otago Dam, we all had a look at the very nice waterfall at the outlet of the dam, then we crossed over the outlet, & walked around the track along the side of the dam to get a better view. We then walked back down the track about 50mtrs. to a sheltered spot [it was blowing rather hard] for lunch.
After lunch we made our way back down the track, tackling the creek crossings with renewed apprehension,

12. thank god it's the last one (Ken pic and caption)

12. thank god it’s the last one (Ken pic and caption)

& eventually arrived back at Greys Dam, where we had a short break before walking back to the car park in Gabriels Gully, & starting on the interpretative track around the gully perimeter,

14. Remains of Stamping Battery (Ken pic and caption)

14. Remains of Stamping Battery (Ken pic and caption)

ending up back at the car park just before the bus arrived to pick us up for the return trip home.
A stop for ice cream in Lawrence was enjoyed by most, before setting off homeward bound.
It was mentioned to me that the day was enjoyed very much, & that some were surprised by their fitness level.

Walked 9.4km
3.6km/hr
climbed 777mtrs.
max elev. 409m – Ken.

3. 7/10/2009. Gabriels Gully.
Bus

Disembarking from our 53-seater bus (Ken pic)

Cuppa

Morning Tea near bus.

Scene

Stream scene

Preparing for lunch.

Lunch

Lunch

Bruce on the crest of a deep waterfall

Crossing

Crossing stream. The Otago Dam on the left, waterfall just out of sight to the right.

Ian on recce

Ian descending Munroe Gully Track. (Ken pic)

Mine

Mine entrance with new padlock on gate

 

2. 8/10/2003 Gabriels Gully.
Wendy Ria Molly. Otago Dam Track start.

Wendy Ria Molly. Otago Dam Track start. Greys Dam on right

Greys Dam

Greys Dam

Stream Crossing below Otago Dam. Doug Pat Wendy Lex Brian

Stream Crossing below Otago Dam. Doug Pat Wendy Lex Brian

Lunch Otago Dam. George Molly Wendy Evelyn

Lunch Otago Dam. George Molly Wendy Evelyn

Munro Gully mud. Pat Wendy Ria Doug J, Lex Doug M

Munro Gully mud. Pat Wendy Ria Doug J, Lex Doug M

Steep descent from tailings. Doug Bill Pat Wendy Bob Arthur

Steep descent from tailings. Doug Bill Pat Wendy Bob Arthur

Sluice bank nr end. Doug M, Doug J, Lex, (who?)

Sluice bank nr end. Doug M, Doug J, Lex, (who?)

1. 15/3/2000. Bus Trip to Lawrence. Interesting tramping-walks. Leaders: Ria L, Catherine, Irene, Donny.

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Oct 02 2013

Bus Trip: Roxburgh and Bullock Track

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2/10/2013. Bus Trip. Roxburgh. River Walk, bridge to Pinders Pond. Leaders: Chris and Dot.

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Feb 24 2010

Bus Trip: Millers Flat – Beaumont rail trail

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No. 111 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Bus Trip. Walk Millers Flat to Beaumont”

24/2/2010. Both. Bus Trip. Millers Flat/Horseshoe Bend – Beaumont. Rail Trail-Road/ORC Millennium Track-Road. Leaders: Ian, Ken, George.
It was a dark and stormy night – no, got that wrong! It was a hot, a VERY  hot day but still 28 of us got through, although not without one or two casualties. Two of us, a married couple, needed picking up by passing motorists. One of them from over-heating and later on, her husband, from a bad fall down a bank.  We were surprised at the number of cars that now travel along what is  now a well-paved road from end to end. The drawback of it for walking was its heat-reflective qualities throwing heat back into our faces, not to mention its hardness on our feet. (Did it say, it was one of the hottest days of summer?) It was thoughtful of the bus driver to come back up the road from Beaumont a bit to save us that last kilometre or two, although one of us still heroically made it to the end on foot. Another of us, who did make it through to the bus, had earlier suffered some distress from having too little water but revived a little again with some drinks and a little salt and a rest in some shade. Yet another of us fainted later in the bus, but fortunately was revived with water and cool compresses. A stop on the way back at Lawrence for ice-creams was most welcome.
Lesson for the day: Two basic rules ignored by some: carry/drink plenty of water, whether you feel thirsty or not, and wear adequate head-protection.
Skite of the day: Among our number were 5 aged 80 years and over, and not one of them was among the casualties. What other club can boast that?
Afterword: Unfortunately, the rail-trail upgrade to a hard road makes it no longer the pleasant softer walk it used to be. It really is more suitable for wheeled vehicles. I’m sure we won’t be doing it again.
However, the 1.5 hour return trip from Island Block to Horseshoe Bend Bridge and back is still a nice soft grassy track, although with 2-3 little hills, and well-worth doing. – Ian

Horseshoe Bend Bridge. (Ken pic)

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Mar 19 2008

Bus Trip: Knobbies

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19/3/2008. Both. Bus Trip – Roxburgh, Alexandra, Knobbies. Medium. Leaders: George.

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Oct 10 2007

Bus Trip: Tawanui

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10/10/2007. All. Tawanui Bus Trip. 8.00 a.m. start. Leaders: Ria L, Peter & Wendy
Cuppa

Tea break. Lance, Lois, Lesley G, Evelyn, Bob, Bev, Joyce, Bill, Margaret, Les,

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Mar 23 2005

Rock and Pillar via ridge south of Six Mile Creek

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2-3+ hours on foot.

Climbs 3300 feet up the eastern face from Glencreag Station up a leading ridge south of SIx Mile Creek. This is the most direct approach (foot only). Tall tussock, some scrub and alpine herbfields are traversed.

The route is mared the entire way either by orange metal standards or hardwood snowpoles. The snowpoles have reflectorised patches. There are four solar-powered navigation lamps on the upper section.

5.8km north of the Middlemarch store there is a DoC sign at the junction of McKinnon Road and SH 87. THere is vehicle access to a car park.

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23/3/2005. Trampers. Bus Trip. Rock and Pillar. Leaders: George, Doug J, Doug M. (Hikers to Rail Trail)

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Mar 16 2005

Rail Trail

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16/3/2005. Hikers. Bus Trip. Rail Trail. Leaders: Eleanor, Molly. (Trampers do Rock and Pillar)

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Dec 08 2004

Horse Range, Trotters Gorge

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8/12/2004 Horse Range, Trotters Gorge Leaders: Ria L, Catherine T, Joyce S

Stream Crossing. George, Who? Doug M

Stream Crossing. George, Who? Doug M

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Mar 10 2004

Bus Trip: Blue Mountains, Waikaia Forest and surrounds, Beaumont, West Tapanui

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Bus to Beaumont. Drive up Manuka Ridge to locked gate.
Short climb to top. Road along top. Locked gate to Microwave 1.5K;M/W to trig 3K.
Track down ridge.
NB. AT TRIG ON SMALL HILL, TURN SHARP LEFT AND STEEP CLIMB TO AND PAST TRIG.
then farm land to Crookston. Track to bus pick-up at Crookston 6K Total 16K. Seek permissions.
10/3/2004 Blue Mountain Bus Trip Leader: Ian
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Crookston View. Molly, Lesley, Isobel, Kerry

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Tea Break. Les W, Chris, .. Wendy

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Tea Break. Bob, Doug, Joyce, Bill Barbara, Isobel Who?

ODT. 12/3/2004. Tramping Party Helped. By Glenn Conway. Blue  Mountains.
Tapanui: Nealy 50 elderly Mosgiel trampers were helped out of the Blue Mountains on Wednesday after one group became disoriented, wet and cold.
Police Constable Ken Anderson and Ernslaw One staff used four-wheel-drove vehicles to take the Taieri Recreational Tramping Club group down from the mountain range between Beaumont and Crookston. (They were already down on the flat. – Ed)
Constable Anderson said a tramping club member used his cellphone to contact police about 1.40pm. The group had split up earlier in the day and some had not shown up at a pre-arranged location on time.
Constable Anderson said the missing party was soon located fit and well.
The main party was well-equipped and had left details of its intended route with Ernslaw One, he said.
“The problems began when the parties separated, leaving some with no idea of where to go. The disoriented groups appeared not to have a map of the area or compass, which could have helped them,” Const Anderson said.
Taieri Herald. 16/3/2004. Lost trampers ‘grateful’ to be found. By Sally Kidson.
A group of lost elderly trampers from Mosgiel, who were rescued in heavy rain by Tapanui police last Wednesday, were lucky to the day was unseasonably warm, Tapanui police said.
“Had they had the usual temperatures that come with a southerly front we definitely would have been looking at some pretty crook people,” Constable Ken Anderson said.
The group of 47 walkers from the Taieri Recreational Tramping Club were tramping in the Blue Mountain area, between Beaumont and Crookston when they got into difficulties.
The group had split in tow, so the fitter party could take a more strenuous route.
However, the guide for the tramp had gone with the splinter group and the main group had taken a wrong turn, Mr Anderson said.
The trampers, who were aged between 60 and 80, were rescued after they made contact with the police by cellphone.
It had been a straightforward operation, locating and meeting the group, Mr Anderson said.
“We knew exactly where they were from the description they gave us, and they were only about a kilometre and a half away from their bus.” (Some had meantime located the bus from a high point, making the cellphone call unnecessary. – Ed)
Police were able to drive straight to the trampers on a four-wheel-drive track and all were fund fit and well.
“Probably, at the end of the day we could have talked them out by they were certainly very grateful to see us, as it was pretty cold and wet.”
Most of the group were able to walk out by themselves but the police had given about six of them a ride to their bus.
Most trampers had been well-equipped and the intended walk had been well within their capabilities, Mr Anderson said.
However, considering the weather report for the day he believed some members should have been better prepared.
“Some of the didn’t have the gear for a decent downpour ad given the forecast they should have,” he said.
Mr Anderson said the experience had given the trampers a fright, because they were aware the situation could have been “disastrous”.
The group had also followed procedure and left details of their intended route with Ernslaw One forestry company.
Taieri Tramping Club president Ian Fleming said a combination of factors, a blockage in communication, compounded by bad weather and an unclear turnoff had led to the main group taking a wrong turn.
The group was extremely grateful to the search and rescue for finding them., Mr Fleming said.
“What could have been quite serious turned into quite an adventure.”

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Oct 04 2000

Bus Trip, Earnscleugh Road

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4/10/2000. Bus Trip, Earnscleugh Road. Leaders: Joan H, Ian, Colleen.

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Feb 28 1996

Bus Trip – Post Office Creek – Government Track.

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28/2/1996. Bus Trip – Post Office Creek – Government Track. Downhill all the way. Leaders: Jack R, Barbara McC, Joyce, Mary Y.

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