2307 – 2315 Geraldine

Today was a short day. The wind didn’t blow in the night which was a relief because it meant I had a fantastic sleep. It was probably 8:00am by the time I crawled out of my sleeping bag.

The great thing about today was that we got to go to Edoras from the Lord of the Rings. Otherwise known as Mt Sunday.

It was spectacular. You could look across the river plains and up into the mountains where thick snow glistened blue white. There were quite a few people there which was amazing because the movies were done so long ago (2003). One of the tours gives people fake weapons, very funny.

We were going to  stay the night on the mountain but it became rather windy. Also we had to get around the Rangitata so we decided to hitch out to Geraldine. This proved to be comparatively simple. One car, 60m walking, Geraldine. Insanely lucky.

We also got some advice for getting to the trail head by calling Wayne who would take us up for $150 and then ran into some other T.A. people who would share so the whole ride only cost us $40 each.

Geraldine is nice. I would have liked to stay longer. Plus the backpackers has a guitar. Always a bonus. I sat outside and played it while drinking a glass of wine but for some reason wasn’t very inspired.

Hindsight

  • Mt Sunday is worth going to and due to tourism is easy to hitch from.
  • Rawhiti Backpackers is good and has a piano and guitar.
  • Wayne is from Alps2Ocean.

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2245 – 2255 A-Frame Hut

Another easy day. The morning partly consisted of driving to the trail head on the other side of the Rangitata (it being uncrossable) via Methven to get them some supplies.

The start of our day was a mild shock for a number of reasons.

Silvan and I have way to much food. We had carefully planned eating Backcountry food every day so all the days we haven’t are still in our packs when we hit the next pickup. This meant I had to give some away and Silvin is carrying 19 days worth of food.

Angelynn has got new poles and convinced me to try her old ones out on the way to Twizel. A strange experience. They are good for river crossings and steep parts. Fairly useless on the flat though. I am probably not using them properly.

The trail immediately went up and it was incredibly hot. We had lunch at the top and Silvins aluminium cooking gear partially melted.

On top of this A-Frame Hut is beautiful. Right beside a stream, fantastic views, and incredible weather have all added up to a general abandonment of walking for the day. Better luck tomorrow.

Hindsight

  • We were going to sleep outside but luckily we didn’t as the wind was horrendous.
  • During the night we all made up stories until we fell asleep.

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