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Trip Report – Mt Brown

By: Keith Moffat

Source: Otago Section Newsletter (April 2017)

With a big high hanging over the South Island it was great not to be studying the weather reports up to the last minute to decide if the trip would proceed.

Our party of seven set off up Bush Stream in the Ben Ohau range about 1.30 pm on Saturday 18th March. A short way up Bush Stream we headed up a ridge that lead to a fantastic camp site at Lagoon Basin (1550m).

The route involved some bush and sub alpine scrub bashing, but was well worth the effort. On Sunday morning, we were greeted with one of those special mornings when you are bathed in sunshine while the rest of the world below is under a blanket of cloud.

Lagoon Basin

Lagoon Basin

We followed the ridge line to a point at about 2100 m that looked like it linked to Mt Brown via a ridge traverse but when we got there the ridge was much too difficult to attempt but we spotted an easy route that involved a decent and traverse to the summit. After agreeing on a turn-around time, five of the party headed for the summit while two decided they were satisfied and would begin a leisurely decent. After some rock hopping and scrambling we got to summit at about 1pm.

After having lunch and soaking up the view we headed for home. It was a great trip with good weather and good company that was enjoyed by all. Trip members were Keith Moffat (Trip Leader), Gerrard Liddell, Kieran Stenson, Philip Somerville, Laimonis Kavalieris, Stephanie Colenbrander and Ket Hazledine.

Posted: 04/04/17

Posted By: Narina Sutherland