Snowy Mt Somers in the summer

The original plan was to go to Mt Bruce. I was checking the weather during the week and it slowly deteriorated. Even on Saturday night, it was looking acceptable but then when I woke up on Sunday 6 AM, the weather forecast made a steep jump from “occasional light showers” to “light rain with occasional heavy showers”. That didn’t sound good so at the petrol station we have a quick briefing and decided to go to Mt Somers instead. It turned out to be a pretty good decision.

We started off at Sharpin Falls. As appropriate for a CTC trip, fast people shot off at the speed of light and we soon divided into smaller groups, trying to catch up with each other. On the way up, we only stopped a few times to have a quick snack and water. We saw that the top of Mt Somers was covered in snow which was a very unusual sight to me. When we got to the top, we had enough snow to build a snowman! 

Congratulations to all 4 prospective members (Michael, Hamish, Clare and Cary) who successfully finished the trip. Due to an unexpected and quite a big summer snow dump, this will be a memorable trip for me and a lot of other participants too.

Stats: 11 km distance, walking time was 6h 15min, ascent 1250 m

Participants: Michal Klajban (leader, scribe, GPX), Zack Williams, Carmela Terrobias, Alexander MacDonald, Sarah Stevenson, Shana Dooley, Rachel Perkinson, Chris McHarg, Miles Franklin, Marc Bietola, Brenda, O’Donoghue, Hamish Bennett, Bryce Williamson, Paul Titus, Faith Burnett, Dionne Horne, Clare van Vorsselen, Cary van Vorsselen, Natalie Care, Susan Pearson, Michael Paskevicius

Tramped on 26th February 2023.



Total distance: 11298 m
Max elevation: 1698 m
Min elevation: 456 m
Download file: GPX-hikingisgood-com-nz-2023-Mt-Somers.gpx

About the Author

I lived a pretty ordinary life for a while. I did my studies, my second studies, my third studies, my first job, my second job, and my third job. I wasn’t really sure what’s going on so, in 2014, I left my home country (Czechia) to learn about the world. I’m still not sure what’s going on but I enjoy it much more. I lived in a few countries before settling in New Zealand.

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