So much has happened since I last was able to post an update… here are the highlights:
Got a ride to Christchurch with Nicky from Blenheim. Attended the Queen’s Scout Award presentation with the Governor General and a dozen very proud teenager Venturer Scouts. Caught up with all my family (including Dad who was recovering from emergency intestinal surgery) and only a handful of buddies. Didn’t really see much of the quake-hit parts of town – too quick a visit.
Relocated a rental car back to get back north (via Lewis Pass to arrange the bounce-box handling) and Nicky and Aaron once again put me back on trail, from where I had finished up beneath the shadow of Mt Richmond.
Strolled along to St Arnard (3 days worth). It was a frosty morning when I set off from there around the postcard-worthy Lake Rotoiti and up Travers Valley. Cold crossing Travers Saddle and spent the next day stuck in a hut as the rain poured and poured and poured.
The next morning however, all was silent on the roof. That’s because snowflakes don’t make much noise. Decided to head towards Waiau Pass and see if conditions were OK for a crossing. Fair to say hindsight is a wonderful thing, and another day tucked up warm in my sleeping bag in Blue Lake Hut probably would have been a good idea.
Instead I forged up and over a very windy, very snowy and very cold Waiau Pass, and lived to now tell the tale!
Linked up with St James Walkway and am posting this from Hanmer – a superquick visit to grab some more food and head into Lake Sumner / Harper Pass area to reach Arthurs Pass before the next forecast cold and rain-filled front blows in from the south.
Thanks to everyone who has dropped me a note, hoping I’m staying warm and dry… I’m doing my best to! And once again, I’ll be out of coverage for a week or two – I’m going to try a full-on effort to chomp some kilometres and get out of the alpine neighbourhood as soon as possible.
Comments and messages are a real treat when I do hit ‘civilisation’ so please keep ’em coming! 🙂