Combined MTC and SWTC track clearing – 27 March 2018

Monday 27th March 2018

Applied Tramping is a term which has been given to exercise where enjoying the view, companionship, and native flora and fauna, is supplemented with a specific purpose.
The Masterton and South Wairarapa Tramping Clubs occasionally organise a joint trip to encourage fellowship and to increase numbers participating.
One such recent trip was to the ridge line behind Featherston where a track leads from the end of Bucks Road, past the summit of Finis and the highest point, on this track, of Mt. Frith, and eventually to the Remutaka road summit.
For some years South Wairarapa Club members have been instrumental in trying to keep the track “open”, and it was with this in mind that on a recent Monday 5 members of from the Clubs set off to do some track clearing.
The main “culprit” needing to be cleared is gorse, gorse loves daylight, which is what you get when you clear an area of ground.
Why clear the track along the Finis-Frith ridge, well it is an official DOC track, has some unique views over the Wairarapa, and gives a good route for a day walk near Featherston.
And what of our day of applied tramping? Well we cut a lot of gorse, cut it, throw it into the air, and the westerly wind carries it away! We also collected a few gorse prickles in our fingers no matter how good your gloves, and, most important of all, had TWO breaks for a cup of tea!
If you are interested in helping on one of these infrequent trips please contact either of the Tramping Clubs.

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