Where else can you spend a week in what feels like absolutely primal wilderness - just a few hours away from home and only 20 minutes from the nearest cafe!
I just returned from a wonderful and soul-refreshing trip to Mt. Cook and Fjordland - rock climbing and tramping and enjoying the wild. The photo above was taken at our return to the car (and some Wabi O Kombucha), coming out of the Greenstone Valley after crossing over from the Caples Valley via Steel Creek.
Steel Creek doesn't see much traffic despite its location between two of New Zealand's busiest tramping valleys - the Greenstone and Caples Valleys. It's a bit more demanding than the two popular tracks, but mainly due to its length (it took us about 8.5 hours to get from Upper Caples to Greenstone Hut and we were walking pretty quickly). A bit of windfall on the Greenstone end made for some more interesting travel...
While the weather was perfect for the crossing, the next day saw some heavy rain in the Greenstone Valley and we were happy to get back to the car.
A cold bottle of Wabi O Cliffhanger Kombucha seemed the perfect end to an awesome trip!