Auckland Baptist Tramping Club

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15 people turned up to participate in this loop track which begins on Lone Kauri Road above Karekare Beach. The two parties arrived at the car park within a few minutes of each other, one from Bracken Ave and the other from Henderson. The trips in the cars gave time to get acquainted with the newbies in the group.

The usual safety briefing and shoe spraying took place before we headed up the Odlins track which was in good condition despite the bad weather we have had. Two river crossings are on this leg and you get across these streams without getting too wet.

A short break was had at the camp site on Odlins track at the stream crossing and you can have a toilet stop there, as the site has a long drop. The group travelled well on this first leg to Orange Peel corner via Walker Ridge track, then onto the new shelter at the Pararaha Valley camp site for lunch. This site has become popular and there were many groups camping overnight.

A little alliteration took place on the track thanks to David Walker. David Walker forgot his walking stick back on Walker Ridge Track so David Walker had to walk all the way back to Walker Ridge track to find his stick and walk quickly back from Walker Ridge Track to catch the group and David Walker. Just as well David Walker is a seasoned walker.

Once lunch was finished we completed the last part of the journey up Buck Taylor Track to the car park. The last stream needed to be forded and you must get your feet wet except for one of the group. The climb up Buck Taylor Track for some was a little too much at the end of the tramp, with some counting down the time on the 45 min it took to get back to the car park. Best trampers for the day were Tom & Rachel, the two from the younger gen set. Well done, come again.
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