Emily and Chris would like to share their outdoor adventures with you!
Because my last post had so many snowy pictures, I really feel like I missed showing you how pretty the autumn has been! We have moved into winter so fast it has taken me by surprise. Today was a beautiful crisp sunny day so I wandered down to our lake and took some pictures of the autumn colours before they all drop off into the lake!
In some places the edges of the lake are already beginning to freeze.
What a pretty spot to live beside, especially when the sun is out! But enough of this pretty photography - we are about to head away on a mission to Uppsala for the Swedish Multisport Champs!
Earlier in the day, after frantic packing in Queenstown, we had received our certificate of 'didymo checked' from the DOC office in Te Anau. The water taxi man eyed the certificate suspiciously. He looked at us sternly, clearly unconvinced by our humongous packs, running shoes and light hearted banter. He wanted to know our intentions... "George Sound...ish," Chris brushed over.
We watched the scenery whizz by from the taxi. Blurred bush, steep sided fiords, distant tops and the odd towering cliff band zoomed past us. "Weather forecast isn't good," mumbled the boat driver. Fortunately we knew our trip was flexible, we had some ambitious plans, but not a set goal, we just wanted to explore.
Unloading from the taxi proved tricky, heaving the packs up the ladder and passing them down to the shore. Team work helped... and fortunately no one fell in. As the boat driver made to leave he glared at us standing cheerily on the beach, "You take care out the…
two of the school holidays and it was time for another adventure. We were supposed
to be organising the National Ski Orienteering Champs at the Snow Farm in
Wanaka – but there had been so little snow we thought perhaps we should call it
a quick phone call to the Snow Farm however, we were assured that there was
enough snow to run the ski orienteering. This gave us a timeframe – we would
need to be ready with courses planned by Friday morning. It was only Monday, so
surely that was plenty of time to squeeze in a trip. We
decided to head down to Mt Cook, and Joe decided to join us too. After a bit of reading and consultation with CMC gurus
we decided a ski trip to Barron Saddle sounded like a cool challenge for us. Leaving
Christchurch late on Monday night we drove South laden with gear. We crept into
the Wyn Irwin Lodge at 1pm, and marvelled at the fluffy snow lying all around. In
the morning it was very cold and clear and all the peaks of Aoraki stood above,
looking blue …
The BeginningThis adventure came about from dreams of
exploring a wild fiordland coast line, several newly acquired packrafts and an amazing looking place called the 'Red Mountain'. All of these places seemed like most excellent places
to visit and so after a bit of Internet research about people’s previous
experiences and much google earth and topo-map studying we had a plan sketched
out that we came to term “The Infinity Loop” based on it’s shape.
So we had a trip and a group of keen
individuals – Matt and La, Georgia, Chris and myself and Tim and Steph who
would start with us then cut off a few days early. Post Christmas a weather window opened that
was okay, not brilliant, but good enough for us. A solid day of organising and
equipment chaos then took place as we tried to whittle our gear down enough to
have 8 – 9 days of food, room for packrafts, life jackets, paddles, tents,
cookers and so on. Finally we decided we were ready as our packs were full to
the brim and couldn’…