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Burn Creek hut restoration begins

The team took off to the hills to start ripping Burn Creek Hut to bits and finally do the restoration. The weather isn’t perfect, despite an extended summer period immediately before departure. It’s going to be a race against the rain arriving.

I didn’t go because this is the most dangerous period for damaging my Achilles tendon. I’m doing a lot of normal things, like walking/biking decent distances, but people can easily overdo things, particularly when slipping or straining the tendon unexpectedly.

We had four meetings in the last few weeks to sort out the materials and general logistics.

Roger made numerous visits to ITM in Motueka to pick up various building items.

It didn’t help with some Backcountry Trust directives that needed to be argued. We prevailed with most, but complied with a couple of others.

The administration was somewhat shambolic, with information sent not being read for months.

A rogue member of the team started chopping up various materials despite consensus agreements otherwise.

Anyway, the preparations are over, the work will be done, and the hut will service stray trampers for the foreseeable future.

It’s been great to be part of the effort, and I’m hoping to visit later in the year.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 21 February 2024
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