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2019 Barker Hut

Friday, 12 April 2019

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Barker Hut Trip Report, April 2019

Barker Hut is the highest hut in Arthurs Park national park at just over 1500m. The Barker hut is a Canterbury Mountaineering Club hut and is a popular place for climbers who climb the adjacent peaks and also adjacent White Col which is a route over into the Burnet stream.


The last club trip was 4 years ago and it was timely to do it again and as Gerald was not available to lead it Geoff kindly offered to take over.


Five of us headed out of Christchurch on Sunday 7th April in cold southerly conditions and on reaching Klondyke corner fresh snow was visible on the tops into where we were heading.


A steady walk up the river bed crossing the low Waimak river several times had us arrive at the Carrington hut at around 3.30pm with improving weather. A deer was heard roaring as we neared the hut and that evening Geoff who is a keen hunter went out with some of the group trying to spot one.


We had a young lady Louise, from Corsica who is working in N.Z. and tramping many of the tracks join us at Carrington hut where we all had an enjoyable evening playing a card game and learning about the Island of Corsica.


Next day was perfect weather for the trip into Barker hut with Louise joining us for the trip in and out. Stunning views at Barker hut of the surrounding glaciers, peaks and view down the White valley across to Waimak Col made the effort of getting into there all worthwhile. Some hardy souls braved the cold temp of the tarn adjacent the hut and jumped in for a quick dip. Geoff had us out that evening which was a clear night looking at the stars and Milky Way through his binoculars which was interesting.


An early rise next day to a great sunrise and pack up and we were away for the long plod back to the car park with a lunch stop at Carrington hut on the way and a coffee at the Bealey on the drive home.

Another great OFTC trip and thanks to Geoff for leading.

We were: Geoff Mahan (leader) Wendy Hughes, Russell Ramsden, Akky van der Velde

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