My favourite Walk: Many paths lead up to Mt Bum­blane

Walking New Zealand - - Contents - By Yvonne van Eer­den

Afew mem­bers of The Tower Tramp­ing & Walk­ing Club, had a cou­ple of days at Han­mer Springs just af­ter New Year. The weather was ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic and hot.

We knew it was go­ing to be another great day and headed off early with clear blue sky and no wind.

We usu­ally do Mt Iso­bel but knew that Mt Dum­blane was well marked but not ev­ery­one knew about Mt Dum­blane.

So we put on our boots and checked our gear and moved on from the car park and soon found the mark­ers and lots of cairns to mark the way on the track.

I was lead­ing the way and you had to be ob­ser­vant. Now and then you had to look back to see the marker and ven­ture a lit­tle fur­ther to see the next one which was around a shrub or be­hind some rocks.

There were many paths that you could pos­si­bly take to the top but we were def­i­nitely go­ing to fol­low the marked track.

Even­tu­ally I had to let one of the other more aware tram­pers lead as I had turned right and we should have gone left. There were only with four of us on this trip so we made this a joint ven­ture as lead­ers.

The scrub was all very low and then lots of rock for­ma­tions and the views were spec­tac­u­lar as usual and still no

wind. It was great to see Mt Iso­bel be­hind us which we have climbed many times.

It was an ad­ven­ture to do Mt Dum­blane as only one of us had done this tramp be­fore many many years ago.

We steadily climbed to the top and the views were 360 de­grees. We met another three tram­pers at the top.

We of course took pho­tos of each other at the high­est cairn mark­ing the top. We could see all the moun­tain ranges and the road into the Molesworth, the Han­mer Basin and Jacks Pass.

Our lunch stop was ex­tra long as it was great to just sit and look. You never get tired of look­ing at the views.

Af­ter some time we headed back down and just took it easy and al­ways mak­ing sure we ob­served the mark­ers and cairns on the way down.

It had been another spec­tac­u­lar tramp and some­thing that three of us had never done be­fore which makes it so much more ex­cit­ing to add another tramp to the list of achieve­ments.

You can make the tramp as long as you like al­low five – six hours.

Good Track easy/mod­er­ate

Above left: Views from the track.

Mid­dle left: Where is the next marker?

Be­low right: The group of four that took on the ad­ven­ture. Op­po­site page top: 360 de­gree views from the top.

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