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Trip 001 - Mt Allan - Silver Peaks - Hightop

DATE: October 16, 2022 (Sunday)
MEET: 8am - Woodhaugh Gardens (George Street Entrance)
LEADER: Antony Pettinger (03 473 7924)
TRIP GRADE: Moderate (5-7 hours)

The genesis for this trip pre-dates the Otago Tramping Club, but it is probable that the outcome of a trip by local trampers over this route in December 1922 led to the formation of the Otago Tramping Club the next year (1923). For this reason this trip has been chosen as the first trip to be run as part of 100 Trips for 100 Years.

Road access from Taioma and transport logistics has led to this trip being a 'there and back' trip from Hightop. This trip will branch off from the standard Silver Peaks routes and head down the ridge on the southern side of the Painted Forest. If you don't mind pushing through knee to waist high gorse we can go as far as the at the Silver Peaks Scenic Reserve boundary (access to the Mt Allan forest appears to be unavailable presently).

Otherwise we will have lunch near a high point of the ridge and reminisce the foundation club members who toiled up to the tops of the Silver Peaks.