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    Ruahine Ranges, New Zealand
    Hiking
    40°S, 176.1°E
     
     
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    Ruahine Ranges, New Zealand
    Hiking
    40°S, 176.1°E

    Survivor
    luke walton
    Rescued By
    Local Search and Rescue
    Date Of Rescue
    2014-10-27
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    Lives saved

    2
    Adults

    Activity

    Hiking

    Terrain

    River

    Issue

    Weather

    What happened?

     

    I was tramping with my brother and we had stayed at a hut overnight and left early in the morning to tramp to the next hut, Triangle, in the Ruahine Ranges of New Zealand. Weather was misty and starting to rain. We got to Triangle in good time and started to make our way down the river to the next hut, Iron Gate, about 2 hours down stream. The river was low and crystal clear, and the rain had set in. The going was okay down the river until we had nearly reached Iron Gat hut. There, another stream met the river with enough volume to make any river crossings down stream impassable. The river was rising and we were in a fix. 


    Climbing a ridge to get a better view and see if there was a better place to cross the river only confirmed that we were cut off from the hut and the river was now brown and far too swollen for us to back track to Triangle hut. We were trapped and it was still raining. With food and supplies but no tent and unable to start a fire because everything was so wet, we made the decision the activate the PLB. The rescue helicopter winched us out 2 hours later.


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    With food and supplies but no tent and unable to start a fire because everything was so wet, we made the decision the activate the PLB. The rescue helicopter winched us out 2 hours later.

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    Thank you ACR.

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