Spring hikes

Cass-Lagoon Saddle Track Tramping Report

Cass-Lagoon Saddle Track is one of the most popular tracks in Craigieburn Forest Park / Arthur’s Pass broader area. About half of the track is part of Te Araora Trail. Anna and I decided to see on our own eyes if it’s as pretty as people say (spoiler alert: yes, it is!).


Tarn Hut loop along Youngman Stream Track

I’ve been wondering for a while if I can take my non 4WD vehicle into the Lees Valley. There is a long gravel road that I know is inaccessible in the winter for 2WD. After reassurance from a couple of the CTC members that driving on the road in the summer will be fine, I decided that it’s time to give it a go. My friend Jana and I drove there on Sunday morning and yes, the access to the valley is without any issues for a 2WD vehicles.


Mt Oxford loop via Ashley Saddle: my first tramp with the CTC as a leader

This was my first trip as a leader of the Christchurch Tramping Club. I scheduled the trip for Friday 15th November which was a public holiday. Until Thursday night it was only me and a couple of prospective members on the list which I thought would be fun. Then unexpected happened: all 3 multi-day trips that were planned for the long weekend were canceled due to a bad weather on Saturday.


Mt Misery via McKay Stream, Black Range

Me and 16 CTC members started off this long and epic journey under the SH 73 bridge over Broad Stream. Due to the unpredictable spring weather conditions that were forecasted for that day, we were ready for anything from avalanches to a sunny mountain day. We actually got to enjoy a bit of everything.


Hiking around Victoria, British Columbia: Goldstream

Goldstream is possibly the most popular area around Victoria for hiking. The longest hike you can do there takes you through the Western side of the park all the way to a trestle bridge, down to the highway, up to Mt Finlayson and back to a bus stop. That’s the loop that I’ll be describing in this article.


Summer crossing over the Žďárské vrchy

You know the kind of hiking trips where you happen to walk without much of planning? The ones where you decide to go a day in advance and in the end they blow your mind more than something that you’d planned weeks and weeks ahead?


Around the Brno Reservoir

Brno is the second biggest city of Czechia. There is something about second biggest cities. In a soccer championship, to be second means to lose in the final which sucks…


Crossing the Little Fatra in Slovakia

Little Fatra is situated in North-East Slovakia in the Western Carpathians. It’s a densely forested area with grassy ridges, alpine plants, strong winds and brown bears…


Malerweg Hiking Report

Malerweg (literally the Painter’s Way) is a trail across Saxon Switzerland in Eastern Germany, about 112 km long…