West Coast Wilderness Trail

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We headed off with the Bairds over Arthurs Pass (stopping for a wander up the Bealey Valley to stretch the legs) to base ourselves for 4 nights in Kumara on the West Coast in close proximity to the West Coast Wilderness Trail. Our first day there proved to be stunning…

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Mueller Hut, Aoraki-Mt Cook National Park

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A bit of a rinse and repeat from a great trip four years ago down to Aoraki-Mt Cook National Park with the Maddigans.  Four years ago, only E & I stayed up at Mueller Hut, but this year, all eight of us were in residence, and once again we were…

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Hump Ridge Track

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We’d hoped for some slightly better weather for tramping the Hump Ridge Track in early January, but realistically, given the track is on the eastern edge of Fiordland National Park (famed for it’s inclement weather), maybe we should have been more realistic! We ended up glad we’d packed the cold…

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Training trip up Avalanche Peak

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Pretty much the only training we did for the Humpridge Track! Which, given my subsequent Achilles niggle, was probably not such a good thing… Relatively busy for a tramp in New Zealand, Avalanche Peak is a great day out, although it’s steep up and down, with approx 1100m of ascent/descent…

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Routeburn Track & Fiordland

Relatively dry (for Fiordland!) family tramp along the Routeburn Track followed by a brief overnight and boat trip in Milford Sound.

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First snow of 2015

Shaping up to be a great winter in 2015 (almost better than 2014 already and it’s hardly even the end of June!). Managed to build an igloo at Castle Hill and have a monster snowball fight with the McNeills/Bests.

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