Well I must say that despite my apparent big re-emergence on blogger post I have not actually been that present. actually I haven't even worked much on my models which is another thing I expected I would be doing.
Well anyway onto the big adventure. you see before the recent two week
Anyway it was decided (i.e. our parents found out our plans and then re-made them for us :-P) that we would walk in the beautiful Coromandel ranges. it was great two days walking along trails kept clear only by the walkers who use it and the occasional DOC official. we had to ration our food, climb under and over innumerable fallen trees, go around many obstacles (and then find the path again), cook our own food and carry all our supplies, sleeping bags, and equipment on our backs.... in short Great fun and even Greater exercise.
|well that there is table top mountain and this place was the start of what was to be our great adventure|
Our trip ran from the Kauaeranga Valley along the middle of the three main westward running tramping tracks up to Crosbies hut and then down out of the hills to Te Puru. Miles and I had chosen the path (well which of the three tracks to start at and which of the three possible places to end up at) and along with getting all our gear sorted and going back over our map skills (he had learnt in Alaska, I got top of Level 1 Geography at school, so we were pretty good in that department) and what to do in an emergency (Miles had learnt what to do there, I had a rough idea what to do) we were ready to go (except I didn't have hiking boots but my old munted "dog walking" trainers rose to the challenge)!
At 10-10 am on Monday the 7th of October we set off on our big adventure the first day of walking ahead of us... roughly 5 hours we were told. or was it we would get there at 5 pm????
|A view of table top mountain taken later on that day. as you can see we have moved quite far as we are now looking at the mountain from a completely different angle|
|a view taken slightly later on that day. our view of the mountain helped us greatly in our attempts to determine how far along the track we were.|
|if you can see the bottom down there you might also be able to tell that this was an overhang... not a nice thing to realise when this is a good track and one you'd think would be in a safe(er) place.|
|A big bracket fungus.|
|a look back the track... can you see where it goes?|
|well after hours of debate we finally reach the join between our track (which had already joined another track) and the third track, now its just a short leg to the hut (a short 2 and a half hours)|
|WHAT A VIEW!!!!!!|
|urr not sure what we're looking at here.|
|Is this a repeated picture???? yes it is. I thought I had deleted them all :-?|
|getting close now. its been a long walk up the sides of some pretty steep hills and along some really difficult paths, this is not the sort of walk for people who are not to sure of their fitness.|
|as you can see I am not that good a photographer.|
we got to the Cabin at 3pm... so if it was a prediction of arriving at 5pm we got there very early, if it was 5 hours we got there on time.
|the view of Table top mountain from the hut! completely different view from here.|
|far off in the distance can be seen Coromandel town! a really cool little place.|
|some information about the hut... if your interested you can always look it up.|
|very interesting little place, good thing those winows were double glassed.|
|there are the bunks. that's one of my dry bags which were inside the Giant back-pack.|
|sunset on day one|
|just another shot... for good measure. over the hills there, somewhere, roughly, is Waiuku.|
And that concludes day one of our adventure! sleep that night was not so easy as one of the other two guys who joined us in the cabin that night snored all night long. Poor Miles didn't get much sleep and was tired the next morning.
|good Morning table top mountain|
|I was really happy with this shot.|
|and this one.|
|really nice (unlike breakfast)|
|Coromandel in the morning mist.|
|our state of preparedness rose higher in sync with the sun.|
|first marker not far from the hut.|
|A last look at table top mountain|
|and the hut (really hard to see) I don't think table top mountain is in shot here.|
|fortunately the path was like this often enough to make this a walk not a swim.|
|3 hours to go! and one and a half hours done...|
|A HUGE KAURI tree, incredibly thousands once grew here but loggers cleared these steep and wild hills almost completely in the 19th and early 20th centuries, nearly all the tree's we'd walked through were either high enough to survive or re-grouth|
|heading down the hills, we'd only stopped once ages ago and were getting really hungry (we had trail mix but we were saving it up for what we thought would be a descent leg to go after the first river crossing.|
Anyway sooner we descended back down the hills and into the valley that would take us back to civilisation. at our first river crossing we got out the stove again and had some more noodles. it was around 1 and we thought we might get there around 2 the predicted time of arrival.
|Miles crossing the river, it was really nice here, so quiet and it felt so far from civilisation yet is was so close.|
|This is why New Zealand is used in so many films, people are everywhere but so few in number that the wilderness is easy to access.|
|after we crossed. I had to balance to take this photo.|
|Miles and I after our little adventure. (can you tell I am tired, I'm on the right of the photo for all who did not know)|
hope your having a great day/night everyone! Sorry if I have missed posts but I have been either doing important things related to school and several university applications (boring and complicated), playing games (far to much) or prefect stuff. anyway hopefully I can get things sorted out but until then I hope you've enjoyed this incredibly pic heavy post