Get ready to tramp the Ned

Folk with good energy to spare on Sunday can put on their tramping boots and climb The Ned.

The Ned is a 909 metre peak rising off private farmland near Blenheim with rocky bluff ridges, shrub land and the remnants of dryland native forest with red beech and Hall's totara.

The Waterforce Tramp the Ned is held every second year to raise money for Fairhall School. Much of the route follows a 4WD track, ending with a 150m scramble to the summit. Return trips usually take between three and five hours but people can turn at the first saddle, 700m high, and still enjoy good views.

Cash-sale tickets ($15 adult, $30 family or $10 school-aged children) will be sold between 8.30am and 9.45am on Sunday in a sign-posted, flat paddock suitable for 2WD vehicles on Taylor Pass Rd, 10km from the Alabama Rd roundabout. Courtesy vans will transport trampers from the paddock to base camp. Event co-ordinator Joanna Grigg said good footwear was essential and the tramp was best suited to people 9 years and over, of medium to above-average fitness. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Barbecue foods, tea and coffee will be sold by the Fairhall Home and School League but walkers should also have their own water bottles and energy snacks. If the weather is bad, a May 25 postponement will be announced on the radio station More FM.

The Marlborough Express