Story: Tramping

Cairn

Cairn

A rock mound or cairn marks the track across a scree slope in the headwaters of Hopeless Creek, in Nelson Lakes National Park. Cairns help trampers to stay on tracks that cover open areas. Waratahs (steel poles) or wooden poles also mark these routes. When alpine areas are covered in snow, the poles stick up through the drifts, showing the way.

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Carl Walrond, 'Tramping - Tracks and huts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/9862/cairn (accessed 19 October 2021)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Jul 2015