Spring is in the air and now is the perfect time to get your application in for that summer hut or track project. The Backcountry Trust has many projects in the pipeline for this summer but is seeking applications from volunteer groups looking to undertake work this summer. Successful applications will be notified in October leaving plenty of time to plan for those fine weather spells of summer. For more information go to our applications page:
Some volunteer groups wait for the perfect weather forecast, and others just go for it and hope for the best. A group led by Tom Hayes of Christchurch went in last weekend to Healey Creek Hut to start the renovation of this West Coast hut. The maintenance issues on the hut had been known for a while. New piles needed, new roof, and a more reliable source of water with the installation of a new water tank. Braving robust West Coast autumn weather, the team managed to get the new roof on and build the new tank stand and get it all hooked up with the tank. A start was made on getting the new piles in place but will need another trip to finish. Tom reported the hut was still in pretty good condition despite the old leaking roof and should now be water tight for another 50 years.