Hooker Valley Tramp

Awesome tramp today. Kiwi’s call hiking tramping. Today’s tramp was up to the Hooker Valley and Hooker Lake, very close to the base of Mt Cook. Simply stunning views of the mountains and rivers on the way up. It is as impressive as the trekking I’ve done in the Himalayas, which is saying something. Great national park, with excellent trails, suspension “swing” bridges over the raging glacier runoff, and picnic tables at view points.  Tomorrow it’s back to Christchurch, Sunday I get fit for Antarctica clothing, and Monday morning we fly out to McMurdo (weather permitting, they’ve had a lot of delays because of weather in Antarctica). I need to catch up on posts from earlier in the week, maybe I’ll get a chance to do that this weekend. I spent 2 amazing days, after photographing at the museum, on the Banks Peninsula tramping – I love tramping – and have some good photos to show for it. Google Banks Peninsula and check out the images, it’s an extinct volcano, now a port, and the surrounding hills are excellent for walking. Some extreme weather up there, I climbed over 2000 ft to the crater rim and was hit with high winds at the top, probably 50 mph.  Here are photos from todays adventure at Mt. Cook National Park.

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