8 Mar, 28km, 9 hrs, overcast
I left the hut first to get a head start knowing a hill climb was ahead of me.
It was a beautiful pink sunrise telling us rain could come later.
It was no time before I was joined on the 7.5km road walk up to the trail by Max and Bex. We passed deer farms on the way up the road.
There was a gradual climb for 2.5km up to a clearing before entering the forest again. Soon after the transmission tower and then more road after crossing the tops.
We did catch up on mud patches. So much mud and deep difficult to skirt around mud. Max took videos of our different tactics to avoid over knee high bogged in muddy tramping.
Cleaning the mud off gear proved a challenge without going to the stream. I used a small hut pot, all the scrubbing made no difference.
Once dark we all sank into our sleeping bags for a good well earned rest.