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”

Pelorus track

Day 146 (Wed 14 April): Nelson to Rocks hut Started 9.50am, finished 5.05pm, 20k. Pain in the head status: The head didn’t feel quite right today but no migraine eventuated. Word of the day: Plangent, loud and resonant with a mournful tone. Back on trail today, we discovered the track in to Hacket hut wasContinue reading “Pelorus track”

Richmond range – Part 3

Day 143 (Sun 11 April): Old Man hut to Starveall hut Started 8.05am, finished 2.25pm, 15.5k. Pain in the head status: Troubled by a migraine overnight but it resolved with a migraine tablet and was gone by morning. Word of the day: Obnubilate, to darken, dim or obscure something. At some point in the night,Continue reading “Richmond range – Part 3”

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”

Richmond range – Part 1

Day 138 (Tues 6 April): St Arnaud to Porters Creek hut Started 8.10am, finished 4.35pm, 29k. Pain in the head status: No pain today until bedtime when I started getting sharp migrainous pains in the neck. I tried to just sleep it off but ended up taking a migraine pill- was all fine in theContinue reading “Richmond range – Part 1”

Nelson Lakes National Park – Part 2

Day 136 (Sun 4 April): John Tait hut to St Arnaud Started 7.20am (adjusted for the end of daylight savings), finished 2.05pm, 24k. Pain in the head status: Not entirely nil due to a disturbed night but powered through. Word of the day: Parthian shot, any hostile gesture or remark made in leaving; Parthian cavalrymenContinue reading “Nelson Lakes National Park – 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”