Mid-Winter trip to Mt Robert Lodge, 3 July 2021
The annual mid-winter Christmas trip started life as an overnight to Sylvester Hut. However due to road closure Debbie rescheduled firstly as an overnight to Bushline Hut, but with no room at the Inn, (well it was Christmas after all), we settled for a day trip to the Mt Robert Lodge. Those on the trip were Debbie H (Leader), Mary H, Madeleine R, Steve Mc, Jane S, Alex S and Bruce T (scribe).
After several weekends of bad weather Saturday dawned clear and calm promising a blue-sky day. We set off from the Mt Robert car park at 9.15 having stopped at West Bay for a photo opportunity, where the temperature was -6.
There followed a very pleasant ascent of Pinchgut to the Relax Shelter, where we chatted with a hardy party from the Alpine Club enroute to Angelus Hut. There were plenty of photo opportunities, which were taken, and we headed off along the ridge and down to the Mt Robert Lodge. The descent provided an excellent opportunity for crampon practise, with excellent tuition being given to those of us who were a bit rusty on their use.
Lunch followed at the Lodge, where it was balmy and clear. While there, a party approached the lodge and it turned out to be Leah P and her family and we all had a leisurely lunch time together. Sufficiently refuelled we ascended the Robert Ridge, where we removed crampons, headed back towards Relax Shelter and onto Bushline Hut for a welcome cup of tea. There followed the walk along Paddy’s Track back to the car park, with all of us noticing that the air temperature was dropping very quickly as we walked and talked. We go it back to the cars at 5.00, having had a very enjoyable day, many photo opportunities taken and the camaraderie that is found on these trips.
- Trip Grade: Easy
- Trip Duration: Day Trip
- Trip Area: Nelson Lakes National Park