Club trip Two seasons in a weekend at Mt Somers
Mt Somers is a fantastic outdoor playground that has something for everyone at all times of year. Join Tomas Sobek on an Otago Tramping and Mountaineering Club trip.
Following a shoulder injury and a very lengthy recovery I was itching to get out on a proper weekend trip. I warmed up with a couple of day walks and felt ready – it was time to step up and carry a full pack. The trip to
Creek Hut is a short one, only a couple of hours from Jig Road shelter. A perfect opportunity to test the waters. I was considering leaving my camera gear behind to lighten the load. But I am so glad I didn’t – the days were spectacular, the company was joyful, and my shoulder did just fine. You can find a full album Woolshed on my website, where you can also download any images you like.
Saturday morning turned foggy as soon as we left Jig Road shelter and started walking along the Miners Track.
We started walking nice and early so that we have a good chance to claim our bunks in the hut. Long weekends can be a bit tricky.
Around the point 934 metres the sunshine got just magical. I must admit I got a bit stuck in this spot and had to walk pretty fast to catch up with the group again.
When we reached the hut we claimed our bunks. After a short break we took off again, heading for Mt Somers summit. As the track started climbing, the fog was soon left behind in the valley.
From now on it was just a gorgeous sunny day.
As I was wondering around while everyone else was resting in the saddle, I spotted the local royalty, New Zealand falcon. His majesty kindly let me come close enough for a decent shot before flying away.
From now on it was the fun of untracked country. And these girls take fun seriously!
As we climbed higher the views were getting better and better.
Mount Somers summit trig point and Canterbury Plains. If it wasn't for the light clouds, you could see all the way to the ocean.
The summit has a cute little sheep-pen. You can also put your name down into the summit book.
It was a busy night at Woolshed Creek Hut with lots of people. The stars and the Moon were shining, but we knew this was about to change.
Sunday morning was cold and white. The Winter wasn't over just yet.
Our intention was to entertain ourselves with daywalks in the area. For the morning we picked a trip to Bus Stop. Getting down to the wire bridge over Morgan Stream required reasonable care.
At this altitude the snow was heavy and slowly melting away. Everything was soaking wet.
Time to sing some Christmas carols. More snow was coming and the land looked so different from the day before.
An obligatory shot from the Bus Stop. Time to turn around. Next stop will be lunch back at the hut.
Afternoon found us playing at Morgan Stream water caves.
And what a great fun that was! We were already soaking wet from the snow, so a bit more water under foot makes no difference.
On Monday we just leisurely walked out back to the car park. A bit more snow fell overnight and a hint of sunshine started poking through the clouds in distance.
What a wonderful way to spend a long weekend...
Tomas Sobek is an
Otago Tramping and Mountaineering Club member in Dunedin. He shares his images freely on his website.