We wanted to do an overnight tramp as we had clocked up a lot of experience over the past 6 months on long day hikes. I did stress to J that our first overnighter had to be an easy tramp and no more than 5 hours each way. After a medium amount of research we seemed to find a good one tramping down the valley to a Mountaineers Club Hut in the Cameron valley. Billed as a 5 hour walk by the DOC. The hut itself looked good in pics and a lot nicer than some of the more dilapidated huts. What it was like in person I couldn’t tell you as we never made it there….
At about 8pm we starred to get a little worried as the hut was nowhere in sight and we had been walking for over 8 hours. Quite exhausted and with only 20 mins left before darkness we decided to keep going in the hope it was just over the next ridge, but half way up a very steep section of the mountain it was clear it was going to get pitch back at any moment. We had no choice but to climb down about 20 meters to a flat-ish section near the ledge and sleep in the bush. Thankfully it was a beautiful clear night and not too cold, just a bit damp.
We had to climb back to the track in the morning once we had packed up our things and saw in the daylight just how close to the edge we had slept. On the way back it was much easier to find the path but it was still challenging to do the climbs and pass the high areas of very loose scree. We shaved two hours off our times on the way back and I spent the last 4 hours dreaming of a can of coke and and ice cream. When we finally returned to the car we headed straight for the closest shop, which was an hour away in Mt Sumers, for some very welcome ice creams!