Year 13 OED Alpine Tramp

By Mr Hayden Titchener, HOD Outdoor Education | Posted: Thursday September 22, 2016

The team was made up of Logan Roberts, Jack McLeay, Myia Pairama, Henry Watts, Josh Gilmour, Jana Muller and Hayden Titchener. 

We travelled to Arthurs Pass to the foot of the Kelly Range. The mission was to climb and stay at Carrol Hut for two nights. The hut was fantastic. Good yarns and good food if you count 'Big Eats' as good food? Jack swears by them! 

The second day was to seek out some snow to practice ice axe skills, use crampons and to climb a peak. The team did really well cutting steps into the snow but there wasn't enough snow for self arresting. Strapping spiky crampons onto the bottom of your tramping boots for the first time is always a cool experience and walking around you really feel like a mountaineer! Kelly's Hill was in our sites and once at the top we were rewarded with amazing views of the surrounding mountains of the southern alps and could even see the coast south of Greymouth.

Our Mountain radio reported a cold front making its way towards us. and classic west coast rain greeted us in the morning. The prospect of spending another night in tents 200m from the van because of a flooded side stream was all the encouragement the team needed and were packed, fed and walking by 7:40am! 

Luck was on our side, as whilst the main river was in flood, the side stream was still passable. It was a great adventure to finish off the Year 13's year in Outdoor Ed.