Mid King Bivvy Trip 2 – November 2019

Mid King Bivvy. Trip 2.
Paul and Sandra walked in to Mitre Flats hut fri night leaving the road end at 545pm, meeting were heading out, avoiding torches although the last 15 minutes was quite dark and arrived 845pm. The hut was empty and no others arrived that night.
On Saturday, Paul and Sandra left Mitre Flats hut at 830am, took the Barton track from the main Waingawa swing bridge and crossed South Mitre stream to the true right, then over baldy creek to get to the bottom of the ridge. We followed rough trail in places, past rock cairns, and a few
bits of long life pink tape. Upwards all the way nice gradient for most, 700m climb. Lovely bush, beech and podocarps, lots of crown ferns. Heard kereru, warbler, tui, kakariki and long tail
cuckoo. Out above bushline to scrub and wonderful 360 degree views. Sunny and clear. We headed down a little track (with orange markers) to biv. Arrived 1230pm. After lunch and and explore of campsite, Sandra climbed another 400m uphill to the top. Lots of grasshoppers jumping in the tussock, spiky speargrass and golden daisies. Amazing views.
Jason and Kate arrived about 5pm. Lovely dinner of free Radix meals and telling tales of the day that was.
Paul and Sandra up at 530am Sunday morning, left at 630am. Only 1 hr 40 min to get back down the hill which was pretty fast for my knees! And about 3.5 hrs out to roadend. Hot and sunny, a few people swimming in the river.

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