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    Ball Hutt - Help needed

    Ball Hutt is either a place or a geographical feature adjacent to Mount Cook - can any of our Kiwis enlighten me as to exactly what it is?

    If you can I'd also like to know if it can be accessed by road and, perhaps more pertinently, whether it could be in 1928

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    Interesting query.

    Well, I suspect it should be Ball Hut and is a backcountry Department of Conservation hut which trampers can stay in overnight whilst out tramping in the backblocks of rural New Zealand.

    Hundreds of such huts dot the back end of beyond in NZ.

    Some are accessible by 4x4, but only a minimal number would be accessible in this way.

    As for Ball Hut, apparently it is "Perched on the edge of the Tasman Glacier moraine wall. Although this hut is only about 5km from the summit of Aoraki / Mount Cook, the summit is hidden from view. Good views of the Tasman Glacier and Malte Brun Range opposite."

    However, the most pertinent piece of information for you is that access is "Along old Ball Hut Road (foot access only) from Blue Lakes car park, Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park."

    Note foot access only, but that there was once a Ball Hut Road.

    Personally, I'd suspect it to be highly unlikely that such a hut would ever have been accessible by road.

    Here's a picture of the hut today:

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    Hmmm... A quick scan on google suggests the Old Ball Hut Road may have been accessible by road at some point (car rental brochures put it in the same category as Skippers Canyon road, which I have driven and is wafer thin and thus rental agencies refuse to let you take hire cars down there).

    Hence, I retract my previous statement. It may well be accessible by vehicle, it's certainly not one of the ultra-remote huts according to my Mount Cook and environs map.

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    Cheers Heef - that tells me all I wanted to know - so Vic Richardson spelt it correctly and Ashley Mallett got it wrong - I always back the wrong horse!


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    read as 'ball hurt' fwiw

    thought it should have been moved to the health thread, but nevermind
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    If I had testicular discomfort the last thing I'd do, with all due respect, is ask you lot - I'd PM benchy for advice on that

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    not sure how much you can learn about balls with your tongue though

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    You've obviously never been invited to attend one of those "no holds barred" parties that occasionally take place in the benchmobile

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    holds or holes?

    actually don't answer that

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    Quote Originally Posted by uvelocity View Post
    read as 'ball hurt' fwiw

    thought it should have been moved to the health thread, but nevermind
    I first thought the topic was hall butt....did a double take to find out that it wasn't
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    You've obviously never been invited to attend one of those "no holds barred" parties that occasionally take place in the benchmobile

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    Quote Originally Posted by uvelocity View Post
    holds or holes?

    actually don't answer that

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