Eyre Mountains/Taka Rā Haka Conservation Park, Southland – March 2021
Lincoln Hut is located in the Ōreti Valley in Southland’s Eyre Mountains, about an hour’s walk from Upper Ōreti Hut. Between 20 and 23 March, a volunteer group of three Permolat Southland members restored the 2-bunk hut, funded by the BCT, taking advantage of the transport for the Ashton Hut project, which six other Permolat Southland members were undertaking at the same time.
The Lincoln Hut team included: George Wilkinson, Hayden Cohen and Greg Wilson. George and Hayden began by inserting a bearer on the eastern side of the floor, replacing on old rotten one.
They extended the chimney, placed a vent to help the fire draw better, and also installed a steel insert to protect the crumbling fireplace concrete from further decay.
The team then demolished the decrepit woodshed and built a new one, replaced the old nails in the cladding with tech screws, patched axe cuts in the cladding, and made sure it was all secured firmly.
Inside, the team cleaned and painted the walls and ceiling, as well as the window surround.
Thanks go to Placemakers, Southland sheet metal, Marshall roofing and High Country Helicopters. DOC's Thomas Wright provided support, and thanks also to the BCT for the funding. Nice job.