I’m pleased to report there was no snow on top of Harper Pass, unlike Waiau Pass. Instead I enjoyed stunning sunshine as I walked up the valley to reach the top, and then down along the Taramakau River.
The forecast however has kept me from attempting the Mingha/Deception route so I followed the road through Otira to Arthurs Pass. Now Bealey and Harper River and Lake Coleridge beckon. Fingers crossed the rain stays away…
And on Monday morning I meet up with Vicki (one of the original “you better complete this walk, Stuart!” gang) who will ensure I don’t drown in the powerful Rakaia River by transporting me from one bank to the next.
The help I’m receiving along the way by friends and strangers is heartwarming… thanks guys! 🙂