Riding Heaphy Track? ..better Read This

Postby bbuckland on Thu 26/May/11 7:03pm

With the high number of riders combined with the ongoing heavy rain there are sections of Heaphy track that are not coping (as riders through there already know), some sections are really boggy. Remedial work will be done later this year (thats why the pipes and mesh are at MacKay.) Word is coming through that too many riders are underestimating how long and tough the ride is and some are still on bikes after dark. Night riding is NOT ALLOWED and was a condition of the trial we agreed to. Anyone caught doing so WILL NOW BE PROSECUTED.
Please pass this onto others.YOU ARE NOW WARNED...
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Postby Zoom on Thu 26/May/11 8:35pm

When we were there, 2 weeks ago, a few rangers were around. It is a fantastic track - thanks for the heads up Bryce
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Postby RHR_Rob on Fri 27/May/11 11:26am

So the question is if you do happen to miss judge it and it gets dark what do you do? (assuming you know you cant ride in the dark)
does night riding also apply to trampers who may be using a head torch?

Sit by the track and hope you survive the night (possible SAR call out)
fumble along in the dark hoping you dont trip and break a leg (SAR call out + chopper)
put light on and ride to next hut (or is it ok to put light on and walk?) large fine

not condoning riding at night just opening up a hot debate on what one should do! obviously better planning of the distance would help but hindsight is a wonderfull thing.
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Postby thorg on Fri 27/May/11 11:33am

RHR_Rob wrote:So the question is if you do happen to miss judge it and it gets dark what do you do? (assuming you know you cant ride in the dark)
does night riding also apply to trampers who may be using a head torch?

Sit by the track and hope you survive the night (possible SAR call out)
fumble along in the dark hoping you dont trip and break a leg (SAR call out + chopper)
put light on and ride to next hut (or is it ok to put light on and walk?) large fine

not condoning riding at night just opening up a hot debate on what one should do! obviously better planning of the distance would help but hindsight is a wonderfull thing.
The Huts aren't that far apart. you will know by lunch time if you will make your destination or not. Pushing on knowing you might be caught out should not be an option.

having a mechanical/accident - and pushing on to get to a hut for safety is likely to be ok. That it is a safety issue. Trying to get through in 1 day, getting to heaphy hut with 1 hour of daylight left and choseing to push through is not. If you are at a hut, and wondering 'if' you will make the next hut by dark, dont risk it.

Pretty simple rules, pretty easy to follow. We could all think up exceptions if we tried, and DOC will deal with those as they arrise.
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Postby Slim on Fri 27/May/11 12:16pm

There were people starting at midnight in order to make it through before dark the next day when we were in there.
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Postby jo on Fri 27/May/11 12:22pm

May their tyres be forever flat and headwinds forever strong. :angry:

Breaching conditions of trial should be rewarded with scorn in the interests of ongoing access.
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Postby thelivo on Fri 27/May/11 12:35pm

jo wrote:May their tyres be forever flat and headwinds forever strong. :angry:

Breaching conditions of trial should be rewarded with execution in the interests of ongoing access.


Fixed.
If idiots fuck it up for the rest of us there will be a lot of people VERY pissed.
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Postby Slim on Fri 27/May/11 12:42pm

jo wrote:May their tyres be forever flat and headwinds forever strong. :angry:

Breaching conditions of trial should be rewarded with scorn in the interests of ongoing access.



We made it quite clear, but I am not sure they were the type of people to accept the rules were there for a reason and applied to everyone.
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Postby danose on Fri 27/May/11 12:44pm

with all the rangers staking out the Heaphy at night looking for errant mtbers, now would have to be the perfect time to burgle the abel tasman under lights :satan:
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Postby RHR_Rob on Fri 27/May/11 1:36pm

Just puerly out of interest - whats wrong with night riding?
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Postby scatter on Fri 27/May/11 1:37pm

RHR_Rob wrote:Just puerly out of interest - whats wrong with night riding?

You might hit a kiwi or squash a snail.

And while that might sound silly, thems the rules.
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Postby sifter on Fri 27/May/11 2:44pm

Perhaps one of the reasons for the night-riding is the accommodation constraints? I gather you have to book a particular hut, so people are perhaps prioritising sticking to their booking over not riding in the dark...

On a side note, some friends slept in a woodshed after vacating their bunks to late arrivals and saw 4 kiwi! :jealous:
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Postby jo on Fri 27/May/11 3:12pm

sifter wrote:Perhaps one of the reasons for the night-riding is the accommodation constraints? I gather you have to book a particular hut, so people are perhaps prioritising sticking to their booking over not riding in the dark...

Or possibly not booking at all to do it in one big day?
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Postby Dicey on Fri 27/May/11 3:17pm

We should be just thankful we can ride the track and stick to the rules and not mess it up for others.
There will be a lot of people watching how this trial goes and if we stuff it up with a few wallys not planning their trip well or just breaking the rules its ALL of us that will lose out.
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Postby .I. on Fri 27/May/11 3:17pm

scatter wrote:
RHR_Rob wrote:Just puerly out of interest - whats wrong with night riding?

You might hit a kiwi or squash a snail.

And while that might sound silly, thems the rules.
Disturbing the nocturnal types :(
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