Pelorus bridge to Anakiwa

Day 149 (Sat 17 April): Pelorus bridge to Havelock Started 8.20am, finished 2.05pm, 21k. Pain in the head status: I woke in the night with a migraine, which turned out to be the most troublesome one I’ve had for a while, needing a second migraine tablet to knock it back and recurring again later inContinue reading “Pelorus bridge to Anakiwa”

Richmond range – Part 2

Day 140 (Thurs 8 April): Top Wairoa hut to Tarn hut Started 7am, finished 2.35pm, 13.5k. Pain in the head status: No pain again. Word of the day: Apothegm, terse, witty instructional saying. There were two parts to today’s walk – down the Wairoa river to Mid Wairoa hut, then, as in this environment whatContinue reading “Richmond range – Part 2”

Nelson Lakes National Park – Part 1

Day 134 (Fri 2 April/Good Friday): Blue Lake hut to West Sabine hut Started 8.50am, finished 12.10pm, 7k. Pain in the head status: I woke up with a headache and pain in the front of my neck – I was expecting this as a consequence of slipping over on scree yesterday and wrenching my neck,Continue reading “Nelson Lakes National Park – Part 1”

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”

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”

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”