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ON THE TARARUAS.

f • ti* i an £ Miss Knox and M iss Louise f Maok, who left the mountain hut at the . Otaki "Forks" on Sunday morivng to r ecae the Tararuas, and over whom a . deal of anxiety was shown, arrived m * P*?!i Ol i Satui ' da y night. The party 3 lett the hut at 8 a.m. on Sunday, amply provisioned for the trip, which was to . occupy about three days. The journey t through the native bush to Table Top f was a delightful one, biit the ascent of Mount^Dennan was more difficult, and p. as nightfall came on it was qgreed to } camp-on the ,mounta ; n aide. Next r morning the mount was scaled, aaid Mount Hector sighted, but fog and rain caused <fejiy, and Mr Knox, who has had much, experience, m hill work, locat- , „ ed a suitable spot for shelter, and with' the aid of his. ©heath knife soon, had a , quantity of grass, that did splendidly as 1 a thatch. Next morning the journey was continued m: most uhiav6rahU» weather, and it was decided^hat ' the ' ' best course to pursue wouIA be to de- " seend L some 3000 ft fr^ Mount Hector' for^eheltar. The task waa a very dif, \ B | ficu.t qne^ut oarried out ia a thorough . manner. Here Mr Knox again provided for the ladies, and h;. s impromptu hut was m«ph , appyepisted. *About this tlma, wifortunately, Miss Mack was i overcome 1 with severe mountain sickness and the climb up tlie mount waa only negotiated with muoh difficulty. The r top, however, was duly reached, but Atas Macks condition did not improve and Mr Knox decided it wise to proeeeti i to Mount Alpha hut to get hot foods ' etc., leaving Miss Knox to look to tho wants of the suffering one. Although - ' by this time t,h e p ai *tv war/ at the fostj •- of Mount Alpha, the condition of Miss i Mftckwaa such a. s to 1-en.dor th© cli w b f. for her a most cliftcqlfr one, and despite; s hot foods and every poaadb'e help and • r attention, the summit was not reached rj foy mm? houps. It WW decided to. b leave the lad ! §b to *h>*4 foy a timo, Mr f Knox signifying his intention of prob ceeding to Greytown for assistance t However, luck favored him, for- shortly V after Constable Mcintosh and Mr A. L ' - Webster, who formed the Greytown I search party, cam c along, and placed - their horses at the disposal of the - ladies, who proceeded to Greytown - where medical attention was sought fox*- ! - Miss Maok. The latter, however -was s well enough to leave b.y «w for 'Otaki n on Saturday mornjiflg-, apd although still 1 indisposed; i* doing well. Incidentally, !» *\ WW \>& mentionecl, Miss Knox stood r this test splendidly, negotiating all c mountains a^d encjimmj all liaydships m - great style, -yvWe Mr Knox, despite 1 ar^wpys. labors,, enjoyed the beautiea of th§ track, and is now so enthusiastic oyer it that he ia already endeavoring j to get a party tp cross at an early date. The ladies are the fivst to cross the ranges.,

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ON THE TARARUAS., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLVII, Issue 15118, 17 January 1920

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ON THE TARARUAS. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLVII, Issue 15118, 17 January 1920

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