Bealey Spur in April 2015

The weather was sunny and calm with an expected maximum of 15C as we set off for our autumn walk up Bealey Spur.  There had been an early-season snowfall two days before.  The remnants of this fall were still evident in the areas on the track where the sun had not reached.

Mist still hanging over the xxxx at 10.30am

Mist above the Waimakariri River at 10.30am, the Bealey Valley and mountains of Arthur’s Pass beyond


At 11.15am mist is starting to lift, revealing the river

At 11.15am mist is starting to lift, looking east down the Waimakariri River



A fully developed, non-native Fly Agaric (amanita muscaria), hallucinogenic and poisonous



Fungi on beech trunk



Bealey Spur and mountains of the Upper Waimakariri


Jordan shingle Fan.....

Jordan Shingle Fan and the Upper Waimakariri River



Mt Davey (left) and peaks of the Main Divide


Reflection in a tarn in tussocky wetlands closer to the hut

Crossing wetlands on a boardwalk, closer to the Top Hut


Bealey Top Hut at 1,200 m (4,000 ft)

Bealey Top Hut at 1,200 m (4,000 ft)


View of the Waimakariri River and xxxx on the journey back

Homeward bound

Click here for a map of the Bealey Spur Track.

Click here and here for  posts on the track in other seasons.








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