Waiau Pass track

Day 132 (Wed 31 March): Anne hut to Waiau hut  Started 8.20am, finished 2.45pm, 26k. Pain in the head status: No head pain. Also sleeping exceptionally well – the insomnia disappeared as mysteriously as it arrived. Word of the day: Dubeity, doubtfulness. There was definitely some improvement on the gastric front this morning with noContinue reading “Waiau Pass track”

Boyle River and St James walkway

Day 128 (Sat 27 March) and day 129 (Sun 28 March): Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre After consulting three different weather forecasts, we concluded that the best days to get over Waiau Pass and Travers Saddle, the two main obstacles in the section ahead, were Thursday and Saturday. We adjusted our itinerary accordingly, checked our foodContinue reading “Boyle River and St James walkway”

Harper Pass – Part 2

Day 126 (Thurs 25 March): Hurunui No 3 hut to Hope Kiwi lodge Started 7.30am, finished 4.10pm, 29k. Pain in the head status: For no good reason, I had the worst  insomnia I can remember on this trip last night. I caught up on a lot of podcasts, including a fascinating investigation into how theContinue reading “Harper Pass – Part 2”

Harper Pass track – part 1

Day 124 (Tues 23 March): Morrison footbridge to Locke Stream hut Started 8.30am, finished 4.10pm, 23k. Pain in the head status: The migraine hiatus seems to have ended as I woke up feeling headachey and nauseous. I tried out a new anti-nausea pill (not ‘new’ as in a recent invention; an old one I haven’tContinue reading “Harper Pass track – part 1”

Mingha Deception track

Day 122 (Sun 21 March): Klondyke corner to Goat Pass hut Started 8.20am, finished 1.50pm, 12k. Pain in the head status: Not quite 100% today. Left side of head sore when I woke up and had that dragging migrainous tiredness. I took some simple analgesia with breakfast (and the possibly-placebo-but-no-harm-done ginger tablet) and slowly improvedContinue reading “Mingha Deception track”

Methven to Arthur’s Pass

Day 119 (Thurs 18 March): Methven Pain in the head status: Woke up with a slightly stabbing headache after a long luscious sleep but it came right with breakfast and a dose of ginger and Nurofen. There might be something in these ginger tablets after all. Word of the day: Edacious, having to do withContinue reading “Methven to Arthur’s Pass”

Double hut to Rakaia river and Methven

Day 117 (Tues 16 March): Double hut to Comyns hut Started 8.25am, finished 3pm, 16k. Pain in the head status: No pain. Word of the day: Epigore, inferior imitation. The day dawned fine and clear, the wind and rain having disappeared in the night. It was a steady climb for three hours, climbing up andContinue reading “Double hut to Rakaia river and Methven”

Mt Potts carpark to Double hut

Day 115 (Sun 14 March): Mt Potts campsite to Paddle hill creek camp Started 9.05am, finished 2.50pm, 15k. Pain in the head status: No pain today. Had over an hour of lying awake from about 1.30am, but caught up on some podcasts and eventually drifted back to sleep. The poor sleep did make me lethargicContinue reading “Mt Potts carpark to Double hut”

Stone hut to Mt Potts car park (Rangitata River)

Day 113 (Fri 12 March): Stone hut to camp by Bush Stream roadend (near Rangitata river) Started 7.55am, finished 3.50pm, 16k. Pain in the head status: No headache today. Word of the day: Blepharospasm, eyelid twitch. For the first time in ages, I didn’t sleep very well, thanks in large part to a shooting painContinue reading “Stone hut to Mt Potts car park (Rangitata River)”

Roundhill ski area to Stone hut

Day 111 (Wed 10 March): Roundhill ski area camp to Camp Stream hut Started 8.20am, finished 10.20am, 7k. Pain in the head status: The hiatus continued- until the afternoon. I had just calculated that it was almost a fortnight since the last migraine and was reflecting that I hadn’t had a break like this since…IContinue reading “Roundhill ski area to Stone hut”