3RY – Part 3 – Day 21

3RY Update Part:

3

Date:

12th February ‘19

Day:

21

Title:

81 yr old Battler

KM Mark Start:

2615

Start Location:

Roses Hut

KM Mark Finish:

Fern Burn Hut

Finish Location:

Fern Burn Hut via Highland Creek

Hut

Actual KM today:

20

Weather:

Overcast

General:

A day of steep climbs and steeper descents.

I met an 81 year old on the Motatapu trail today. Dressed entirely in camo, with all old-school hiking gear.

I think he was finding it really tough going. He said this would be his last hike. His bag would’ve been close to a third larger and heavier than my one. I hope he makes it through ok. An absolute battler.

You’re an inspiration Tom Bayliss.

I was starting to think how tired I was and then met him. After that I had no excuses.

Pleasure to meet you Tom. Sorry I scared off your Falcon.

Lots of steep scree slopes and drop-offs along the ridges. A few brief moments of vertigo!

Body/Health:

Good Thanks.

Outlook:

Positive. Happy I did the extra hut today. The last ridge to Jack Halls Saddle – 1275 m ASL was tough going but worth the view.

Tune of the Day:

Dutchies – Shapeshifter

Day 21 Images:

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