Pylon Ridge and Keith George Memorial Track – Sunday, 10 September 2017

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Pylon Ridge and Keith George Memorial Track – Sunday, 10 September 2017

Trip Leaders Mark and Helen Bassett were pleased to wake to fine weather for
their Pylon Ridge and Keith George Memorial Track walk – the previous week
having had torrential downpours. 8 members set off on foot from Silverstream
railway carpark at 9.30am heading south to cross the Hutt River at Silverstream
Bridge. River Road was crossed using the underpass which took us to Keith
George Memorial carpark. From there we headed north walking adjacent to
River Road for 300 metres until we entered the logging truck track on the left-
hand side.
About 1km along we had a small stream to cross before turning left and
heading up a dirt track where we joined the Pylon Ridge Track. The previous
week’s rainfall meant that the stones in the stream had become dislodged and
slippy resulting in our trip leader Mark slipping and ending up on his bottom in
the stream. While he was in no danger the accident did prove how even the
smallest stream needs to be crossed with care. Using a walking stick or pole
for extra support is beneficial particularly in winter. Thankfully only Mark’s
pride was damaged as landing on rocks could have resulted in a broken hip. A
reminder of the need to carry an Emergency Locator Beacon or cell phone and
First Aid kit should emergency services be required.

The steep climb up to the Pylon Ridge Track served to warm Mark and dry out
his shorts and socks. In forestry areas where logging tracks are constructed as
and when required it is important to carry a GPS to ensure that you stay on the
desired track. Our route provided varied scenery and scenic views of Hutt
Valley and Wellington. Lunch stop before heading downwards to Haywards
substation where we veered left following the Keith George Memorial track
back to the car park entrance and then to Silverstream Railway carpark where
we’d begun 4hrs. earlier.

As is the tradition on UHWTC Sunday walks a coffee and bakery delight was
enjoyed before heading home.