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A month of mountain hiking in Queenstown

Yes I went again for a month this time.

I spent 3 weeks living in a tent half way up a mountain. The elevation was 1,748 m (5,735 ft) minus 1000 ft which is the altitude of lake Wakatipu.

That means every time I hiked up to my tent I climbed 2300 feet – I did this probably 17 times during the month which comes to a climb of nearly 40,000ft.

No wonder I got a bit skinny by the end of it.

Anyway here are the pix.

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queenstown

ben lomond

I also went to Milford Sound which was real kewl

milford sound

milford sound

gareth thomas

Far too many pix to put here so look at my flickr page https://www.flickr.com/photos/freefitnessguru

My Queenstown adventure

Well I had seven days in the mountains. A truly beautiful land. The pictures are pretty much what it is like there in Queenstown. I climbed Ben Lomond from the lake to the top of the tree line and hid my tent as its against the rules to camp up there. My goal was to escape all humanity except my own for a few days so I had to bend the rules a little.

ben lomond

After the first night I was discovered by two local Kea’s at 5am. They have a reputation for destroying packs & tents and I had to go down for supplies so I was a little concerned. Luckily they left my pack unscathed upon my return. Carrying the 40 lb pack up the mountain was quite strenuous. The next day was very hot and by days end I had found a new & more secure tent site hidden by fir tree’s. I also had mild heat stroke, was exhausted after two days climbing and came down with diarrhea in the evening.

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The next day rain was forecast so I rested with a crook belly and more diarrhea. I did recover from my previous two days exertion and went to get some food & med’s the next day in town. I also had a sore throat most nights and the place was swarming with blow flies. Apart from these things it was heaven. The birds sang me a beautiful serenade to awaken and fall asleep to, the sound of the wind in the trees drowned out the distraction of humanity as faint as it was in the town below.

ben lomond

The rest of the days I was fit and well. I climbed near to the summit of Ben Lomond but did not go quite to the top as I was perturbed by the large number of other hikers up there on that day. It was a very easy climb from above the tree line but the climb through the forest was strenuous involving rocky cliffs & steep paths all of the way to a 500m altitude above the lake.

ben lomond

Each night I lay in my tent with scenes of the beautiful mountains replaying through my mind. This triggered my subconscious to open my minds eye and mental screen. It was almost perfection. Perhaps a little further from civilization and human influence next time, my imagination may be freed.

ben lomond

one mile track

I think I will have Queenstown fever soon – take a look at this video…

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Planning a Hike in Queenstown

I hope to make it to Queenstown New Zealand over xmas to climb Mt Ben Lomond

Queenstown

Its a full days climb to the summit & back down but I may take a tent & sleep high to see the night sky.

I’ve wanted to do this trek for 15 years so its time to do it.

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