A weekend of ski touring around Caroline Hut 14th-15th July 2018 with James Waetford, Sam Waetford, Tanja de Wilde and Imogen van Pierce.
Turns out packing and leave Christchurch late on Friday and getting up at 4.30am on Saturday if the best cure for end of week exhaustion and lack of sleep all week. However, the Ball Road plus Subaru Legacy is not the best idea at 4.30am in the morning. Sorry Scuby, I love you, and will never forget you!
Turned out to be a great weekend, despite the slightly concerning forecast, we picked a great spot. There was lots of lovely powder. Kudos to Sam for making it all the way to the hut in running shoes. The rest of us had a lovely if slightly exposing ski tour along the ride. Bit of a sandbag for Imogen's first ski tour, particularly when it turned out her skins needed re-glueing and proceeded to come off. So she had to boot pack the rest of the way!
Lovely powder turns in the bowls near the hut, the odd bit of wind crust, a few old avalanches , but conditions were very manageable. And capped off with an excellent ski down the basin beside the hut and just a few hundred metres of steep scrub while wearing ski boots and carrying skis.
All in all a great adventure!