Although the weather was crap, the misty rain did make for some groovy scenery and gives this track a fascinating atmosphere.
We arrived at the 2nd swing bridge after about 40 minutes, where we had a quick food & filming break.
This time around, the vigorous climb up to the track junction was much easier, and felt like it took way less time than last time we'd done it.
In fact, we left the junction at about 2:25 pm, which made our time so far about 2hours 45 mins including breaks and photography - much quicker than when we went to Herepai.
We experienced bermuda triangle-like effect for this section of the tramp - with freshly charged GPS batteries giving up the ghost and my camera refusing to function (the latter is probably due to moisture in the camera body). This meant no photo's, and faking some Vaguely Dangerous Wilderness scenes the next day (if you watch closely in the video, Cody's clothes change part way through 'day one').
We reached the hut roughly 4 hours after we started. We promptly put on dry clothes, hung up the damp ones, and got the fire going.
Roaring Stag Lodge (why is it called a lodge? Seriously, why?), is a tidy and relatively new 10 bunk, standard-class hut. It was built in 2005, and it's design was repeated in the new Atiwhakatu Hut built in 2009 (although Atiwhakatu has now been significantly extended).
The hunters who frequent this hut have a large supply of frying pans and pots stored there.
The hut is situated on a terrace above the Ruamahanga river, and a nearby swingbridge crosses the river, heading towards Cattle Ridge.
Also the weather was better. Woo. This made the day much more enjoyable.
Climbing back up the ridge to the track junction wasn't overly taxing, and the fantastic weather had us in high spirits.
This trip was the subject of the 2nd episode of Vaguely Dangerous Wilderness. Check it out here: