Auckland Baptist Tramping Club

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Ben Lomond - Wed 10 Jan

A group of 11 trampers  (led by Lucy Zheng and Christine Yuan) started at 9.00 am from Absoloot Backpackers till 12.15 arrived 1,748 meters of summit of Ben Lomond. We had a lunch and devotion was done by Tina Voordouw on the summit then left there at 1.00 pm, returned at same way back around 3.30 pm. We took approximately 6 hours and walked 14 km.
We went to Skyline Access Rd, catched gondola to  810 m altitude. We entered alpine tussock and shrubs, climbing to the 1,326 m Ben Lomond Saddle. The track gets steeper and rougher as it approaches Ben Lomondís 1,748 m summit. As the weather was foggy, we couldnít see much on the top. Occasionally we saw the Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown.

Finally every one was safely back to Backpackers, then we had a rest and  dinner separately.
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Mt Chricton and Bobs Cove - Thu 11 Jan

A group of 13 led by Lncy Zheng and Christine Yuan (11 from ABTC, 2 Sunnyís friends) left at 9.00 am. Sunny Sun and her friends Peter, Grace picked us up from Absoloot Backpackers to Mt Crichton Loop Track.  At 9.20 we started walk. This track is in the Mt Crichton Scenic Reserve and passes through mountain beech and manuka, with red beech in the gullies. The features are rivers, a waterfall, a historic hut-Sam Summers Hut, a tunnel-Tailrace tunnel etc. Till 12.30 we reached end of the track then had a lunch and devotions was done by Warren Bird.

We were drove to Bobs Cove car park, Started Bobs Cove Bridle Track. This is the original bridle track linking Queenstown and Glenorchy. From the car park, the track descends through native bush with plenty of bird life to Bobs Cove. It has a stunning view over Lake Wakatipu and offers swimming and shore fishing. A historic lime kiln remains from 1800s, when the Wakatipu Lime Company quarried and processed Bob Cove limestone. Gum trees here were planted to fuel the kilns. On the way, we also saw a trestle, so you can see wide range of Lake Wakatipu. We spent about 2 hours return.

We all totally 20 people (include a group of people from different tramps) went to a nice restaurant for celebration dinner of completed Southern Summer sizzler tramps. We had a delicious meal there. Everyone enjoyed South Sizzler Summer tramps very much. We were all talking and laughing till the end.  
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