The plan was simple: Go from Travers Peak to Trovatore. The forecast wasn’t too bad, a wee bit cloudy with moderate winds. After arriving at Lewis Pass, the tops were in clouds. We followed a well marked track to the bushline where we had a wee lunch and off we went towards Travers Peak.
Soon we entered a grey, heavy cloud from which we received a decent amount of water on our sweaty bodies, which wasn’t ideal. We left our packs on the saddle just below the top, summitted without the packs and came back to the saddle. The general consensus was to end this freezing adventure and have a paint at Hurunui pub instead. It was the right decision, the temperature wasn’t too far from freezing and I wouldn’t be surprised if the rain turned into snow during the night.
Lesson learned: If the weather could go either way, go and chase the sun.
Rough stats: 8 km, 1000 m up, 4h
Participants: Michal Klajban (leader, scribe, photos, GPX), Jacqui O’Neill, Bryce Williamson, David Sutton, Xiaoqiu Jiang, Liam Dangerfield, Joanna Dangerfield, Kate Taylor, Susan Pearson, Bett Koch, Andrew Ecker, Chris McHarg, Penny Coffey
Jiang’s video: https://youtu.be/K03M1P_uZBk
Max elevation: 1737 m
Min elevation: 759 m
Total climbing: 1712 m
Total descent: -1715 m
Total time: 04:08:31