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APRIL 2010

For those of you who have been out and about latel , please send a write-up of your trip to otago.climber@gmail.com by the 20th of the month. Same goes for adverts and event postings Cheers, Amy

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From here they descended in stinking hot weather to Williamson Flat before making their

During the first week of February, Aaron White- head, Danilo Hegg and George O’Sullivan headed for the hills with the plan of doing a round trip from the Matukituki, into the Whit- bourn, over to the Arawhata, and then finally back to the Matukituki, bagging a couple of peaks along the way. They left the Raspberry Creek Shelter in rain, which promptly cleared within an hour, and stayed clear for the next nine days. In that time the boys crossed Cas- cade Saddle, headed down the Dart, headed up the Whitbourn (which has been hit hard by gla- cial recession). From a high camp under Mount Troas, they climbed Mount Edward via the South Ridge (one icy 60 metre pitch, then a gentle walk to the top), before crossing Whit- bourn Saddle and camping beside the Snow White Glacier.

way up to Mid Flat, and then climbed up to a high camp beneath Turks Head on the Waipara Range. The good weather continued, and Aaron, Danilo and George climbed Mount Ionia via the West Ridge – a straight forward snow plod giving way to a short exposed traverse around a large gendarme, followed by a traverse along choss to the spectacular one person at a time summit.

Approaching Mt Ionia (photo: Danilo Hegg)

Summit of Mt. Edward (photo: Danilo Hegg)

After dropping back down to Mid Flat to pick up some extra gear, the group boulder, bush and scrub bashed their way up to Arawhata Rock Biv before finally crossing Arawhata Sad- dle, which was in surprisingly reasonable condi- tion for the time of year, and after a stop at the new Liverpool Hut headed back out to the car. Nine days of awesomeness!



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