Milford Track Day 3

March 22nd, 2014 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

 

 

Day 3 was a much earlier start. The generator came on at 6.15 am and one had to be on the track by 7.30 am. So a quick shower, pack, making of  lunch and breakfast. I must again mention how great it is able to shower on a tramp – for the benefits of others, even if not  yourself :-)

Today was only 15 kms from Pompolona Lodge to Quintin Lodge, but it is over Mackinnon Pass which is a 700 metre climb with 17 zigzags,

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The day started overcast but fine.

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However it soon turned to rain. The good part was we got many more waterfalls. The downside is almost no view from the top.  Even this photo was only possible for a couple of minutes as it cleared.

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The memorial to Quintin Mackinnon near the top. You get some idea of what the weather was like. It wasn’t just wet, but also damn cold when exposed on the ridge.

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One of the lakes at the top.

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Then on the way down a few crossings.

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Some keas who colonised this rock for themselves.

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There’s a series of waterfalls you trek down beside which are quite beautiful.

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It started to rain more heavily in the afternoon. I managed the main trek in five and a half hours and got to Pompolona Lodge at 1.30 pm. The side trek to Sutherland Falls was meant to be at 4.00 pm but I knew there was no way I’d go back outside again if I dried off. So I dumped my pack and headed straight up to Sutherland Falls. It’s the tallest waterfall in New Zealand at 580 metres.  I think also fifth longest in the world.

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I was thinking of going under the falls for a back massage but the rain had made the falls rather powerful so I astutely decided not to go in!

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Then it was bar and relax time back at Pompolona Lodge. It was also St Patrick’s Day so Adie (one  of the guides) dressed up.

Adie is also a rather good skier. Look out for her at the next Olympics in 2018!

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12 Responses to “Milford Track Day 3”

  1. Johnboy (14,857 comments) says:

    There’s nothing much worse than a born again, backwoodsman/tramper/adventurer/comfort backpacker/idiot/././ Etc. :)

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  2. Ed Snack (1,733 comments) says:

    The climb up to the pass isn’t so bad, my family had more trouble with the downward part, very hard on the knees, more so if you’re carrying a full pack (unlike some !). And it looks like you had the same weather we had over the pass David, was it blowing pretty hard as well ? It’s a shorter start to the pass from the independent walkers but, but another 40 minutes or so down the river over the pass to the hut that side. It does help and make a shorter last day when the pressure is on to catch the boat. It is a pretty easy track though almost all the way to the aptly named Sandfly Point.

    And the Sutherland Falls track is open again, rather sadly it was shut when we went through because a big rockfall hadn’t been cleared.

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  3. gravedodger (1,504 comments) says:

    Thanks David never had the opportunity now possibly need a chopper (sort of fly thingy), but enjoying your travelogue, thanks again M.

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  4. trout (898 comments) says:

    I had assumed this was the ‘freedom’ walk; then why the guide? – only one way to go. At least with the rain you do not get the incessant sound of waterfall viewing aircraft and noisy choppers supplying the commercial operation with provisions for ‘a la carte’ dining. Wilderness pollution at its worst.

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  5. Johnboy (14,857 comments) says:

    That’s a tight little bum on photo 1 and lakes at the top are called tarns! :)

    Speaking of photo 6 who banned his ilk and when is he back? :)

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  6. Johnboy (14,857 comments) says:

    Amateur bushfolk are such..such..such..interesting folk! :)

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  7. bc (1,332 comments) says:

    Ssshhh DPF, don’t mention keas. It might encourage the return of the troll. :)

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  8. Johnboy (14,857 comments) says:

    I’d prefer Kea rather than you bc. :)

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  9. bc (1,332 comments) says:

    Well you always were a poor judge of character, johnboy.

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  10. Johnboy (14,857 comments) says:

    I downrated you cause unlike Kea you have no character bc! :)

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  11. bc (1,332 comments) says:

    Like I said, a poor judge of character.

    You doing keas trolling for him today, johnboy?

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  12. XavierG (76 comments) says:

    One thing I miss about NZ is the way we call it a tramp or tramping. When I say that over here in Australia everyone thinks I’m a recreational prostitute

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