Camp Saddle Loop Oct 2021

I’d camped at Mistletoe Flat in Craigieburn. After a short trip out to Porters to meet Ed, Abbie, and the kids and change plans we were back in Craigieburn. We started from the locked gate on the ski field access road and walked up to Camp Saddle. We had a snowball fight and snacks on arrival. The weather was great, warm and still. There were fluffy white clouds in the sky. We headed out along the ridge with great views down into the forest below. It was mostly very walkable with one section that was a bit of a scramble. It ended in a steep scree slope that was initially met with scepticism but it wasn’t long until we were all galivanting down it. We followed the luge mountain bike track back down to the road.

View of the mountains (Camp Saddle Oct 2021)

Above: I met Ed, Abbie and their kids and we went for a walk in the Craigieburn Forest Park.

Abbie on the ridge (Camp Saddle Oct 2021)

Above: We walked up to Camp Saddle and then along the ridge.

The family (Camp Saddle Oct 2021)

Above: It ended in a steep scree slope that turned out to be good fun.

Tramping Hawdon Hut 2021

Katie, Jeremy, and I went for a walk into Hawdon Hut for the evening. The theme of the trip was coldness. The walk in was ok as long as you kept moving and we did get patches of sunshine. We lit the fire in the hut but struggled to get it to produce much heat. It was sulking. The wood was too wet. We played Katie’s monopoly card game in the evening and ate many marshmallows. This was all well and good. It cleared in the night and I was tempted to take photos of the stars and snow on the mountains visible from the hut. Laziness got the better of me though and I went back to sleep instead.

Jeremy and I went for a scamper up towards Walker Pass the following day. Little bits of snow were falling as we left the hut. We retreated before we got to the pass. It took three hours to walk out and we drove back to Christchurch stopping at the Sheffield Pie Shop for our second round of pies on this trip.

Katie crossing a river (Tramping Hawdon Hut Sept 2021)Us in the hut (Tramping Hawdon Hut Sept 2021)

Above left: We walked into Hawdon Hut fuelled by Sheffield pies. Above right: We had the hut to ourselves. It was cold and we didn’t really have a lot of luck with the fire but the company was good and kept us warm.

View of the mountains from the hut (Tramping Hawdon Hut Sept 2021)

Above: The mountains were covered in snow.

Subsiding bank (Tramping Hawdon Hut Sept 2021)

Above: We walked back out the next day.

Greenery on the way out (Tramping Hawdon Hut Sept 2021)

Above: There were some nice mossy bits along the way.


With a slightly earlier start this post might have been named Elise Peak. Pat, Georgia, and I drove into the Rainbow to the locked gate and then cycled to the start of the Lees Valley Track. We went for a walk up the valley and then took a right, bush bashing up a ridge. We left the bush into sunshine and continued to the top of the peak 1718 m. It was then down another ridge and back out to our bikes. A good day out.

About to start cycling (Climbing 1718 July 2021)Cycling to the start (Climbing 1718 July 2021)

Riding (Climbing 1718 July 2021)Setting off on foot (Climbing 1718 July 2021)

View up Lees Creek (Climbing 1718 July 2021)Walking up the valley (Climbing 1718 July 2021)

Ice on branches (Lees Valley July 2021)Georgia climbing up (Climbing 1718 July 2021)

At the summit of 1718 (Climbing 1718 July 2021)