11 Aug 2013
Five of us left Christchurch in pouring rain and were soon under clear skies as we headed along the Old West Coast Road.
Soon after 9.30am we were climbing up through the bush from the car-park on the short-cut track and after 20 minutes joined the main spur track. We enjoyed the views of Power Stream gorge, the Waimakariri valley, tarns, and snow-capped peaks in all directions on our way up to the hut. Most of the snow from the dump earlier in the year had disappeared but there were still patches above Bealey Top Hut. We had lunch sitting on some new bearers beside the hut while debating what their purpose was as repairs were being made to the existing hut.
We chose to head down after lunch and were soon enjoying a coffee at the Yellow Shack in Springfield on our drive home. Sue Britain, Mike Bourke, Margaret Clark, Julie Davis and Sue Piercey. (SP)
Lunch at Bealey Spur Hut