Trip Leader: Kate Krawczyk 

Participants: Troy Dixon, Anthea Michaelis, Paula Garnham, Richard Benfield, Jozette Welgemoed, Chris Louth, Rita Serfontein, Maaike van Hoeflaken

It was a stunning clear day for the last day of May - perfect for a trip on the Cable Bay walkway. It was a nice cruisy opportunity for members and newcomers to get together to enjoy a lovely local walk with great company and good views. 

We left the beach car park at the Glen around quarter past 9am and started the steady climb up to the airstip and famous bench with the first viewpoint back over the Boulder Bank and Nelson. We had a quick stop here and had some morning tea. From there we descended through the pine forest and then into the beautiful section of QEII protected native bush where we were hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive South Island Kokako rumoured to be in this area but we were all probably chatting away and making way too much noise to not frighten any wildlife away!

I'd forgotten how much the track descends from the airstrip before you start the last little climb to Sentinel Hill and I was somewhat regretting the decision to make it an out and back trip instead of a throguh walk (avoiding car shuttles) but then we weren't out there just for the company and views - we were there for the exercise! 

We reached Sentinel Hill and enjoyed a rest and our lunch while overlooking the expansive views of Cable Bay and Pepin Island. We then huffed and puffed our way back up to the airstrip and descended back to the cars, reaching them by 2:30pm.