17 Dec, 9km
These 9km took me 5hrs, DOC suggested it should take 4hrs. Most DOC walking guides took me half as much again to walk them.
I wasn’t in a hurry to leave Hunter’s Hut with a beautiful view to Mt Ellis and Ben Nevis. I finally set out at 7:15.
The rain and wind soon stopped during the boulder climb. It was a day if all sorts climbing through these magnificent hillsides. On the top it was really windy and gusty, throwing me sideways and off balance a couple of times. The track was a ridge pass with fine scree and climbing 45°.
Again the rivers were expected to be high and we’re still ahead for me to cross. I wasn’t sure how wide they might be or technically challenging to cross. I crossed the final hill and in the distance I could see the dot of Rescue Orange the hut paint colour way down in the valley.
The approach was a nice one. A straight line 1km walk to Porters Hut on a slight roll down the hill.
When I arrived at Porters Hut early afternoon it was really hot and sunny. After a quick wash up I lay on the grass and fell asleep