Rintoul Hut to Top Wairoa Hut

17 Jan. Firstly, thank you to all who have made donations to the charities I am sponsoring. 57 of you so far and still a couple of months to go.

From yesterday’s glorious day to the longest day. An 11.5 hour day from 07:30 to 19:00, covering 26km with about 1000m climb. The track gave us: scree, very steep slopes, root ladders, rock scrambles, narrow ledges, steel rope protected traverses, shoe wetting river crossings, river bed travel. The Europeans exclaimed at a rest stop that this was not walking, but didn’t have a word for it. Welcome to New Zealand “tramping”. In the hut tonight are Freya, Anise, Holger from Germany, Stefan and myself.

Apart from sandflies, there are few native things that bite or sting. However wasps are non-native and a problem in this area. They build underground nests in the root systems and if on a track, they are a menace. The first person in a group alerts the wasp sentries and the next person walks through a swarm. That was me today, walking behind Stefan. I found I can run quickly with a 20kg pack. Got away with only 5 strings. Takes the focus of the sandfly bites, but all OK.

We have reached the stage of food fantasies at meal times. People have selected food to save weight, so don’t have much variety. One guy was living on wraps and chocolate spread. Everyone is selecting their food dream when they reach St Arnaud. I am doing well on my chilli-con-carne, alternating with pasta and rice. Going to try mash with it tomorrow.

Clouds in the valleys again.
Ridge to start the day.
Mid morning snack at Tarn Hut.
Tarn, near Tarn Hut.
Native beech forest on the way down to Mid Wairoa.
Wairoa River gorge.
Track scrambles.
Short river travel.

3 thoughts on “Rintoul Hut to Top Wairoa Hut

  1. Di Graham

    I’m so enjoying your posts Richard! But oh my goodness – not sure I’d want to contend with the scree, very steep slopes and wasp nests! Take care my friend, Di


  2. Bridget Robinson

    Love the photos Richard keep them coming.


  3. Ros Couldwell

    Sounds tough and painful! What an adventure! I am sure Jenny is with you but may possibly be complaining after that day! Xx


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