Stopping to enjoy the view...
This was Day 1 of my hike in New Zealand (swipe to see the view from the hut the next morning)
After a 4 hour drive to the start, an alternate route was necessary due to a landslide/destroyed bridge on the main track
(many people opted not to attempt it and either cancel or cut their hike short but of course, we had to give it a go - so happy we did)
It’s wasn’t the easiest start (very steep/rough/wet track and adapting to carrying my ill-fitting heavy pack didn’t help - I almost fell backwards into the mud a million times - reminder to self to invest in a new pack and do some training next time ) and then 6+ hours of solid hiking - my kids now think I’m slow btw!
Arrived at the hut just as the sun was going down - people were already asleep in the dorms (not so much partying in the wilderness...) and of course being almost the last in meant finding a bed was an adventure in itself!
No electricity - headlamps only as you pull everything out of your pack (as quietly as possible - ie not possible!) to find your sleeping bag and food.
You can do guided hike options for many of the tracks in New Zealand - ie someone walking with you, beds with bed linen and pillows, showers and real roast dinners (not dehydrated sachets!).
But, I’m a DIY girl and the self sufficiency/dorms/no idea what you are doing thing, kind of adds to the adventure I think.
I also think it helps to create resilience and independence - in both myself and my kids.
The money saved roughing it on the track - was invested in some very nice accomodation after the hike.
That first shower after a multi-day hike - is always the best! *
For those wondering - I’ve always loved the outdoors but only started multi-day hiking 3 years ago.
It’s of the best things I ever did - there are so many places I want to visit that are best accessible by foot (and a lots of steps) - so many adventures to look forward to!
Ps - Never thought I would ever own a pair of zip off pants - but believe me, the last thing you want to do on the edge of a cliff is to strip off to change into shorts 🤣
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