A favourite walk in the North Canterbury foothills which usually offers good views over the Canterbury Plains and into Lees Valley. On this day, though, we started too late and by the time we reached the top, thick cloud had rolled in off the sea, denying us views to the east.
The track goes through forest all the way and it feels good to break out of it at the top. The first hour was quite muddy in places from recent rain and many feet.
There was good propagation around the country on 40, and as far as VK6 on 20m.
It was 4.30 by the time we packed up and headed down, meaning that we walked the last 30 mins or so in the dark.
Instead of heading back the way you came up (as we did on this occasion) a variation is to take the Blowhard Track along the ridge to the east, and then down the Bypass Track to the picnic area. This is a bit steeper downhill and adds at least 40 min to the walk.
ZL3/CB-612 Mount Richardson
Height: 1047m ASL
Directions: From the Glentui picnic area at the end of Glentui Bush Road, follow the well-marked and well-used walking track to the summit
Time to summit: 2hr 15min (660m height gain)
Summit marker: Trig beacon
Land access permission: Not required, Mt. Thomas Forest Conservation Area
Repeater access: good to all Christchurch area repeaters
Cellphone access: No Vodafone/2degrees 3G from summit
Map: NZ Topo Map
More information: sota.org.uk