Sunday 19 February 2023
Seven of us set out for Arthur’s Pass, with cloud and a light wind forecast. We started up the hill from the Hawdon Shelter, about 10am. The initial climb was very steep, but about half-way up, the gradient eased off to a rocky ridge. As we went higher the wind became stronger, and ominous rain clouds were moving down the Hawdon Valley. After a break in a sheltered hollow, we made the final push to the top, which we reached, about 1pm. As we descended the wind eased and the cloud thinned out, revealing a sunny afternoon.
We were: Graeme Nicholas (leader), Norman Burden, Clare & Cary van Vorsselen, Kevin Hughes, Wendy McCaughan and Joy Schroeder. [GN]