Kepler Track Day 2

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Started the day with a trek up from Luxmore Hut. What an amazing view behind.

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Today was a day for walking in the open.

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A great view of the Southern Fjord.

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Very pretty greenery.

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In the first two hours you climb another 400 metres or so.

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After the climb then you descend 200 metres to Forest Burn Shelter. Very welcome to have morning tea.

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Once again more great views of the Southern Fjord.

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The path moves along

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And then up again.

The second day was harder than the first day, something the maps didn’t indicate.

The day is 400 m up, 200 m down, 400 m up, then 900 m down.

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It lightly rained during the day, giving us a nice rainbow.

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Along the ridgeline, rather windy.

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And then we get to Hanging Valley Shelter. A nice place for lunch.

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Then it is down the ridgeline.

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You then leave the ridgeline and get some beautiful enchanted forest.

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The bad part though is it is a giant zig-zag down. You drop almost a km through 48 ziz-zags. The legs are in constant braking mode and were sore form days afterwards.

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But very beautiful.

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You then hit a river.

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Across the bridge.

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Now down in the valley.

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Around half an hour through the forest (and another dozen zig-zags or so)

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And finally at Iris Burn Hut. We started at 8.45 am and got there around 3.30 pm.

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Around the front of the hut.

Nice place to sleep but very cramped in the dining room.

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