Richmond Saddle & Mt Fell Huts Crossover

Mt Richmond Forest Park

Grade: Fit

Event Status: Programme

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From Saturday 22 October 2022
To Monday 24 October 2022

Cost: $0

Trip Leader:
Raymond Salisbury

Raymond Salisbury

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Phone: 021 135 8739
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Richmond Saddle & Mt Fell huts Crossover | Labour Weekend

Celebrate the public holiday in the mountains with a crossover between Richmond Saddle & Mt Fell huts.

Debbie Hogan will lead a group up the standard 4-hour route from Jubilee Flat in Top Valley Road, up to Richmond Saddle Hut for the night. (8 bunks). As there may be other people in the hut, bring a tent/mattress. On Sunday, climb to the top of Mt Richmond (1760m). Above the bushline, the poled route traverses unstable, rocky slopes which require good balance and confident footwork. Look out for the rare penwiper, vegetable sheep Raoulia eximia, the endemic daisy Celmisia macmahonii, and creamy white gentians.

We will meet up with Ray's group along the way down to Mt Fell Hut. We will visit the wreckage of the fated ‘Kereru’ which crashed on the slopes of Johnston Peak (1647m), during WW2*. Mt Fell Hut** (6 bunks) is on the Te Araroa Trail, so we may need to use tents. A sharp track descends 1000 metres down to the car by Timms Creek.

Ray Salisbury will lead the reverse trip, so we can swap cars. If his party rise early enough, they may climb Mt Fell*** (1602m) first. And maybe even scramble from the Devils Armchair up Johnston Peak, before tackling Mt Richmond.

* A Lockheed Electra disappeared in May 1942 on a commercial flight, with the loss of five lives. Johnston Peak was named after the pilot Keith Johnston, while Mt Fell was named after one of the passengers, Pamela Fell, a keen tramper from Nelson. Wreckage is located approx. 300m southeast of Pt 1613. Items such as pedals, propellers and fuselage are strewn on the slopes. Grid Ref: 410 28.340’ S; 1730 24.549: E.
** Mt Fell Hut was built in 1964, and renovated by our club in 2016-7.
*** The Scottish word for Fell means ‘mountain or hill’. Thus, Mt Fell literally means ‘Mount Mountain.’ Duh!

Top Valley Rd – Richmond Saddle Hut (8 bunks): 3–4 hrs / 6km
Richmond Saddle Hut – Mt Fell Hut (6 bunks): 4–5 hrs / 4km
Mt Fell Hut – Timms Valley: 5–6 hrs / 12km


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