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Heels 1973

Otaki Gorge Daytrippe????

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Otaki Gorge Daytrippe????

Party: Frank Kolston, Rod Gilman, Neil Woodrow.

Three very sleepy people left Tawa at 5.00 a.m. The Forks were reached and the party set off at first light for Ytyy. After a rest in the river below the hut, we started off down the gorge. The river was up slightly but travel was reasonable apart from a few sidles around big pools - too cold to swim. An hour-and-a-half later saw us down the gorge at Kahiwiroa Stream, just as it started to rain. Guess what happened - pike, except this time an uphill route Instigated by Neil. So up the stream we went, destination Anderson's. A few deer were seen in the creek, then it was up a ridge onto the tops.

We had afternoon tea at Anderson's and from there wandered along the tops to Shoulder Knob and back down to Waitewaewae. Daylight was drawing to a close as we made our way to the plateau and here at 7.00 p.m. the lack of a torch made itself known to a certain person - never again though!

Would you believe four hours back to the Forks from Saddle Greek? Nevertheless we eventually arrived back at the car at 11,00 p.m. and while the others slept, the by then very drowsy driver (also the one without a torch) managed to navigate his way home, 20 hours after leaving it.

Your storyteller, Frank.