10 years anniversary

26 July 2018 – It was a quick trip back to the Matukituki valley, Pearl Flat & Liverpool hut

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Leon’s bridge.

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The bottom of the Liverpool track at pearl Flat. The pile of rocks under the tree is for Leon.

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This is the view up the valley from the base of the track.

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This is the view of the hut from the top of the bush track, still a half hour walk away through the snow over a ridge.

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The new Liverpool hut which was built about a year after the accident

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The toilet for the hut

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The view from the Aspiring hut up the valley towards Mt Aspiring.  The hut has Antics (OUTC yearbooks) from 2007 and 2008 which have lots of content by Leon and about Leon.

Stewart Island – North West circuit

Ney year’s trip to start 2017

So yes we cheated by getting a boat to Christmas Village and getting picked up at Freshwater. This cut about 4 nights off. It still was a very hard but very enjoyable 7 days walking. Lots of mud and some steep slippery banks

Being dropped off at Christmas village bay
Long Harry hut – with its view of setting sun, would have been a great place to see in new year
Masons Bay (still 2 hours from hut) with view of high tide barrier
Boat ride out along Freshwater river
Leaving Stewart Island

Stewart Island – The Rakiura walk

End of 2016 trip to Stewart Island

Flight to Invercargill and ferry to Oban gave us a few hours to have a quick walk into Invercargill.

urt Munroe’s Indian Scout in Invercargill
Oban village by Ferry wharf
Typical bay on the way to the start of the Rakiura walk
Symbolic link to the mainland at Lee Bay. There is another of these in Bluff. This is the start of the official walk, the entry to the national park.
Typical scenery from the first day of the walk – to Port William.
Someone wandering along the track to Bungaree at 6 am.
It came up and sniffed at my feet before running off as I startled it.
back to “civilisation” at Golden Bay, Oban.

26th July 2016



The view from the office in Christchurch

Time to stop and reflect. 8 years now.

In Christchurch, but still a long way from Aspiring National Park.  I can see the hills from the office here.  They call out.