Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Nelson Lakes

Just a quick post to say we're in Nelson Lakes and have made it through the Richmond range.  We are LOVING the South Island, it's absolutely stunning.  The Richmond ranges were the most difficult part of the trail yet, but certainly the most beautiful.  The weather couldn't have been better, and we had countless days with beautiful views as far as we could see.  This is my favorite kind of hiking-above treeline, on high peaks, with outstanding views.  For me, it doesn't get much better than that.
 We've finally caught up with some other hikers.  We went most of the North Island without meeting many thru hikers, so its been fun to meet people whose names we've been seeing ahead of us for a while.
  We leave town today and head south to the Waiau Pass Track which connects the Travers Sabine circuit with the Saint James Walkway.  From what we've heard, we have more beautiful tramping ahead!

Brazil Nut ascending Mount Rintoul

Richmond Ranges

The Red Hills, south Richmond Forest Park

View from the Queen Charlotte track last week

Happy trails!
-Jetpack and Brazil Nut

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