Edwards Hut 2020

Katie, Jeremy, and I left for some tramping in Arthur’s Pass national park. We stopped for a morning pie at the Sheffield Pie Shop on our way before continuing to the car park near the Minga and Edward valleys. It was sunny, and warm enough as we set off in towards the Edwards Hut.

It wasn’t long though until the sun vanished behind the hills and we were walking up a frosty valley. We had done this same trip 15 years ago with Simon and again with Cass. That just goes to show that we are all getting a bit older. We arrived at the hut in the evening and got to work trying to light the fire with the two Finnish women who were in the hut.

After a few failed attempts, Jeremy took over and got it going well. He also cooked a delicious curry that included feta cheese for interest.

Crossing the river (Tramping Edward's Hut)View up the valley (Tramping Edward's Hut)

Above left: Katie, Jeremy and I drove up to Arthurs Pass and went tramping into Edward’s Hut. Above right: Getting a little bit closer to the hut.

The following day we walked up the valley towards Tarahuna Pass. We crossed the mess of large rocks and had some lunch. Jeremy and Katie turned around and I headed up to Tarn Col, following Kaisa, one of the Finnish girls to the top.

The tarn was frozen and there was a light covering of snow on the grass. We took some pictures and went to look at the descent into the Hawdon, which looked pretty steep. After throwing a few snowballs onto the lake we climbed back down and the three of us walked back to the hut. Jeremy and Katie were there having arrived not long before.

Another couple had arrived and we had a nice evening in the hut talking rubbish. The fire was particularly good in the evening and it was hot enough to boil water. I made a pretty average curry that Jeremy thought was spice-less and the finns thought was extremely hot. Katie stuck to her plain rice.

Walking up to the pass (Tramping Edward's Hut)View back from Tarn Col (Tramping Edward's Hut)Hanging out in the hut (Tramping Edward's Hut)Hanging out in the hut (Tramping Edward's Hut)

1) We went for a walk up to Taruahuna Pass.

2) I went up to Tarn Col. This is the view looking back.

3) We kept warm in the hut at night thanks partly to Jeremy’s excellent fire starting skills.

4) We met two friendly Finns.

The sun was shining again on Sunday. The cloud had gone in the night and the stars had come out. There was frost outside the hut again. I had a bit of curry for breakfast and we got packed. We wombled out catching up to the finns near the cars. Then it was back to Christchurch via the Sheffield pie shop.

Katie and I cooked dinner at her place and watched random YouTube.

Jeremy at the river (Tramping Edward's Hut)

Above: Jeremy drank water from the river and claimed that it was the best part about tramping now that Christchurch has a chlorinated water supply.

Lagazuoi tunnels

Leonie and I headed off early again, this time to Passo Valparola a bit further on from Passo di Falzarego. We followed the technically easy Kaiserjaegersteig up to Rifugio Lagazuoi where we had a delicious hot chocolate and apple struedel to reward our efforts. Then we headed back down through a tunnel system that was built in the war. The tunnels were long and constructed right inside the mountain itself. Occasionally there were passageways leading to openings to the outside. From there there were views to the surrounding mountains and down to the Cinque Torri.

Wolfgangsee 2017 I

We woke at the Hofpürglhütte to clouds followed by rain. As this wasn’t the best for climbing we had breakfast and wombled down to the cars. We then drove to the Wolfgangsee with some creative navigation that involved us driving over a pass. Unfortunately this cost us 10 EUR for the entertainment but as we are positive people we saw the positive side and intensely enjoyed the mountain air, the winding road, the cows, and all that could be enjoyed.

We drove to Gasthof Kleefeld for lunch and did the Brustwand klettersteig, the same one that Leonie and I had done a few weeks earlier. Then it was off for a swim in the lake briefly as the sun was coming out. It was then time to look for our accommodation between Strobl and Bad Ischl. It turned out to be a very large arty apartment with room for nine people at least. It had a balcony facing onto a river and it was all quite excellent.

We set about cooking dinner and spent the evening listening to chilled out music, drinking wine, and chatting. Sam and Sebas turned up from Munich in time to enjoy the evening too.

Nice nice.

Brustwand Klettersteig (Salzkammergut Adventures)Brustwand Klettersteig 2 (Salzkammergut Adventures)

Above left: Rain forced a hasty getaway from the Hofpürglhütte and we drove to Kleefeld at the Wolfgangsee and did the Brustwand klettersteig. Above right: All went well.