Friday, March 28, 2008
will write again soon
thanks for all of your love and support
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
since the last time I wrote there has been many lovely adventures. From makarora my route took me up the wilkin valley and over rabbit pass into the east matukituki valley, lovely pass and a spectacular pass, loved it. But when I came out of the forest in the valley wandered into a whole tribe of cows and got chased into the mountains again by a bull intent on telling me to get out of his territory, and for me this has been the scariest part of the trip as he seemed quite intent on getting me and crashed into the bushes after me, luckily I can climb better that bulls.
Got stuck in aspiring hut for a day or two due to water falling down, seem to have lost the settled lovely weather that has been with me for the last month or two..oh well. but crossed cascade saddle and wandered down the Dart river. Had to do a 30 km road walk to get to a bridge as I couldn't cross the river, and then had to change plans again. I had wanted to do a couple of route type passes to get into the greenstone valley, but the weather made it seem like a bad idea so took a diversion through the routeburn and down the greenstone. These are well travelled valleys through my feet, and it feeled right to be doing the routeburn in a day where 150mls of rain falled.
I met my mother at the end of the greenstone track, arriving with mounds of lovely food, and seemed to eat my way through the mavora walkway with her. Lovely to share some of the journey with her.
A 60 km road walk(yuck!) has brought me to te anau. with a huge rest break and now seeming to have problems getting out of here due to a couple of things.... but will leave soon, I managed to get to manapouri yesterday and tomorrow will head off again.
should finish at the end of the month. will be at port craig around the 29/30 ( ish) so if anybody want to come and say hello, I'll see you there.. if not... see you whenever! Feeling quite excited about this section as it will preobably be the remotest and most wild section...but will take the time to check in with myself if it the right way to go...if it doesn't feel right once I get in there there will be a plan change. we'll see how it goes!!!
Sunday, February 17, 2008
I'm so loving being on such an adventure as this one and I feel privalaged that I have the opportunity to be here and experiencing he journey and all that it entails. The diversity of the landscape keeps blowing me away. I'm travelling really well at the moment just appreciating the space that I'm in both internally and externally.
The Last section was full of rocks and lost the trees to a little bit north of here and have found them again. but by going south the glaciers receed and forests takeover. Since last writing I travelled over bush streamand dropped into the Dobson river (rather up close andpersonalwith hard goingalpinescrub and trees) and then ahuge alk down the valley, up the Hopkins river and into the huxley,over broderick pass and into the lansborough. The huxley to here has just been beautiful,just so many beautifulplaces,as well as a rather hairy crossing on the landsborough almost went swimming but held on. Somemay think that once I have done this trip new zealand wil be out of my system.. not at all I just have a headfull of new dreams for the future.
Just checked my email and there were a number oflovely e mails from people out there, thanks for all your words of support,encouragement and love- they are appreciated
about to go into lands I;ve travelled before. It feels like I'm going home
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
So on the 4th Feb. I arrived at Mt Cook. It’s been an extrodinary section, no trees, bouldery riverbeds, high passes and amazing scenery. I find myself feeling pretty privileged to be doing the trip that I’m doing and being where I am. It’s pretty satisfying to follow one’s dream.
In some ways it’s been pretty hard, tough ground at times (feel like I’ve just walked on rocks since Arthur’s pass) and I’ve discovered that managing my fatigue is the biggest challenge of the trip, but ‘m learning to pace myself and stop when is needed. Weather days are always welcomed.
For those of you interested the final route was: Up the waimakari and white river and over white col into burnett stream, down the Wilberforce and up moa stream and over into boundary basin, dropped into the south mathias and up west mathias to go over observation col into cattle stream and onto the rakia, over butler saddle and down the Lawrence to Erewhon station with amazing hospitality from Colin and Christine. From there crossed the Clyde and Havelock rivers and the up Murphy’s stream to go over into the McAuley river, up to upper Tindall stream and into the north branch, across the godley up the rankin and over into cass river and then up over alias pass into the Murchison, some moraine bashing on the tasman and into Unwin Hut.
And so now I think that I’ve passed the halfway point and so far have managed to walk over 700km and climber approx 21,000 meters since the journeys beginnings.
This journey space is quite an extrodinary one to be living in just day after day of simple pack/walking living, and a trip that feels that it never ends. I’m loving it. I’ve had my friend Jason with me since Arthur’s pass, it’s been great to have him along and time now to travel on my own again. Of course with Max the summit monkey.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Doing good. Bit tired. Will be in Mt Cook around the 4th of February. Bron.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
The journey continues in a lovely fashion, it certainly has it's hard days, both environmentally, steep climbs or hot sunshine, or just of tired bodies. But so far the head is staying strong and I'm continued to be inspired whilst I travel across this landscape. I keep discovering many places of beauty and love the nightly ritual of plunging myself into icy cold water.
From the last posting, thanks sarah!! I traveled up the hope river into lake summner and then across harper pass into the taramakau valley, up the deception and down into minga valley and out towards arthurs pass.
My friend Jason has come to join me here and will travel south wity me for a while. I think It will be nice to have company for the land that I'm about to travel into, I;ve heard there are tigers in there. but Il;m sure that max ( the monkey) will frighten them away.
Monday, January 14, 2008
And so time moves on and I place one foot in front of the other. Amazingly, my feet are still moving and I'm continually inspired to travel by foot across this amazing landscape.
I think last time I wrote it was in the Cobb Valley. I then crossed a high grassy area, the Arthur Tablelands and dropped into the Leslie River, followed the watershed of the Karamea River up and the Wangepeka down. Five days of walking in the beech forest valley floors. Some amazing goblin forests.
From the Wangapeka, I climbed high to the Mt Owen mastiff, a huge karst plateau, 7 x 4 km wide. Just an extraordinary place. A land of sculpted rock and rock crevasses. I'd been pretty excited about coming to this area and it did not dissapoint me. Christmas day was spent wandering around the tops, I was lost in my happy land out there. Being just so pleased and feeling so joyful that I just simply was where I wanted to be, doing just what I wanted to be doing, here and now. It's an amazing feeling when I realise that it actually means to attempt a traverse of the South Island. I'm discovering its a great thing to do.
I walked into Lake Rotoroa and met up with my beautiful friend SJ. And we've just spent the last 9 days travelling through Nelson Lakes NP and onto Lewis Pass road through St James walkway. It's been lovely to share the journey for a little while.
It's been a fun section. Three days travelling up one valley and then a quick succession of three passes with steep ascents, descents and traverses. We followed the Matakitaki River and then crossed a high pass again and dropped onto St James walkway with cows grazing contentedlyunder the towering mountains. It's been a diverse section and the land is starting to get wilder.
I'm having lots of beautiful times out here and this land just fills me with wonder. I still look forward to what I'll find in the future.
I'm due in Arthur's pass around 13/14 January.