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Thread: Is there water on Kaweka J ?

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    Is there water on Kaweka J ?

    Hi Im going up there next week.

    Does anyone know if there's reliable water near the top or do I need to carry heaps ?

    I see the topo map shows a blue X just north of the junction to Makahu spur track and that's the synbol for "cold water spring". Real or not ?


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    I have used water 100yrds lower down than that blue cross at this time of the year, and there is a huge tarn at the top of pinnacle spur that must be two feet deep and 50 ft across.

    I still carry water but the amount all depends on how water dependant you are, I have a bad habit of using very little water, sometimes a glass or less a day and I think it's a bad habit to have as often a dehydration headache wakes me in the middle of the night.
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    If your urine is dark you need hydration.

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    Yip the tarn at the top of the spur saved me a couple of times.
    I'd have thought you'd find it reasonably full this time of year.
    Post a few pics of your trip
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    There's plenty of water up there atm . Cant even see the forestry from the rain.
    Nothing is tough about having a 70 lb bow and looking like an uncoordinated praying mantis while trying to draw it back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7mmsaum View Post
    I have used water 100yrds lower down than that blue cross at this time of the year, and there is a huge tarn at the top of pinnacle spur that must be two feet deep and 50 ft across.

    I still carry water but the amount all depends on how water dependant you are, I have a bad habit of using very little water, sometimes a glass or less a day and I think it's a bad habit to have as often a dehydration headache wakes me in the middle of the night.
    Im the same really have to make an effort to drink enough water when im not at work , I tried drinking 3 litres of water a day for a few months but then I found I couldn't drink as much beer so gave up.
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    Hi thanks guys, very helpful . If any problems will snufle round ovrr by the pinnacle.

    I dont drink yhat much water eithrr but as you say not a good habit to go dry. Gym bunnies would cut 6" off their barrel to save weight then carry a big camelbak ..

    Borax we will learn from your suffering and carry single malt to leave some room to drink water.

    Will post pics next week when i get back.

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    isnt there also a tarn at top of Makahu Spur and maybe even over towards Mad Dog??
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    Quote Originally Posted by HNTMAD View Post
    isnt there also a tarn at top of Makahu Spur and maybe even over towards Mad Dog??
    Yes there is but it's much smaller, about 10 ft across and very shallow
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    Locations of Water around Kaweka J

    Well, it's fairly barren country round there so if you want to stay up high you need water.


    So here are a few I found.





    Location of Kaweka J Cairn: NZTopo50 BJ37 1891484 5646389 Alt 1724 m
    Map references are NZTM WGS84
    Distances and directions given below are from the cairn.





    Track Tarns 1891549 5646505 120 m 15 deg mag Extensive but shallow



    Poled Spring 1891334 5646604 240 m 300 deg mag Under a bank. Below a large swampy area. Two Small pools but looks reliable.



    Pool Series 1891293 5646615 280 m 285 deg mag A series of pools in the gully. Below the poled spring. Could dry out.



    The Pink Crust 1891631 5646731 365 m 002 deg mag Dry the next day after rain.
    I didn't like to pick off the scab but it seems pretty unlikely you'd get drinkable water here.


    Topo Map blue cross location. See first post above.
    I walked right over this area but there is no tarn or pool there at the moment.
    You could drop down 60 -100 vertical metres in the creek to get reliable water.
    Cold Spring 1891624 5646944 568 m 323 deg mag Marked on topo map but not found Dec 2016



    Dons Spur Tarn 1891723 5643207 315 m 105 deg mag 15m x 20m tarn in small saddle, 30m Sth of spur crest. Down Donís Spur. Alt 1620 m
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