Apr 14 03
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I’ve been lucky enough to get a whole month off work, so here I am in New Zealand! I’ve had a few days of running, mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking around Wanaka and getting over my jet lag, so today it was time to venture further afield.

Hiking in the Matukituki Valley, not a bad way to get over jet lag!

Hiking in the Matukituki Valley, not a bad way to get over jet lag!

The Rob Roy Glacier

The Rob Roy Glacier

So with a good weather forecast we decided to head over to Queenstown for the Remarkables traverse, a scrambly ridge adventure with beautiful views.

The traverse starts from the ski centre, so the walk in isn’t too hard or too long, but it gave me the chance to admire the views.

Looking down on Queenstown from above

Looking down on Queenstown from above

New Zealand Scenery

New Zealand Scenery

It didn’t take long at all to get to the start of the ridge, which I was excited to see looked like a lot of fun!

Adrian at the Start of the Remarkables Traverse

Adrian at the Start of the Remarkables Traverse

The traverse heads up over two small peaks called Double Cone and then onto a slightly larger peak called Single Cone. The scramble turned out to be just as good as expected, with lots of easy fun climbing moves and some breathtaking exposure. There were a couple of tricky moves on the way up to the first peak of double cone, but we soloed it all, taking care on the tricky sections.

Double Cone

Double Cone

Single Cone turned out to be slightly easier although it looks more sepctacular, and we arrived in good time on the summit to enjoy our lunch.

Arriving on the summit of Single Cone

Arriving on the summit of Single Cone

The descent turned out to be slightly tricky and as we hadn’t brought our harnesses, I learnt how to abseil using a rope without one!

Descending via the Lovely Lake Alta

Descending via the Lovely Lake Alta

Beautiful weather, amazing scenery, a really fun day out, think I might get to like New Zealand!

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