Great achievement. Right on time we were down by river and jet boat there as well. So loaded all twenty traps onto boat and then us and then we took off. Not at great speed but fast enough No twirlies either. Just a plain old jet boat ride for the business of delivering rat traps to some part of the walkway.
Got them all off the boat without getting wet and then Blair the driver left us. He had to land some distance from the beginning of the walk because he needed a deep landing spot. Not to worry. We started immediatley ferrying the traps to walkway and stacked them there. Then Dr Who volunteered to get all the traps to the spot. So Lady Sue and myself started deploying the traps. Started with number D50 right at the bottom, opening it and put peanut butter into it and then closing it. Then numbering it and I had to do the GPS location. Then off to next one.
Once all the traps were there we started lugging the traps all the way up to the proper walkway which is quite some distance and rather steep. I took one after the other. Sue looked tired just after the first one. So she would come up and I come down and take it off her and then go back up again and stack the traps up there.
When that was done we had a nice system going. First I place a trap and Jon and Sue would do the opening, luring and numbering and I do the GPS. Then I would take another trap put it into position, GPS, and leave it there for them to do. Because I was faster than them. But not by much. Because I always had to come back and pick up another trap and take it further up. So that made my job longer each time. The same we did on the walkway proper. First to the left we did six traps and then to the left which was seven traps. It all worked splendidly and by 1.45pm we had them all in position!!
That was great but now we had to walk all the back to the bridge and the car. It got very tiring and on the way I checked more traps which meant climbing up the side and it all took time. It was 4.15 when we got to car. So that is five hours of hard work. They were totally worn out and I made them something to eat when we got back. Then they had to drive back to Christchurch.
No possum today but eight rats! So not bad. And twenty more traps doing a good job and all the time we heard bellbirds and saw fantails!