Seeking

Mt. Aspiring Hut and Rob Roy Glacier, South Island, New Zealand

December 2015

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First, you make an hour long drive up a gravel road from Wanaka, fording numerous streams (if the water flow allows).

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To the Raspberry Creek Parking Lot (trailhead). Mt. Aspiring off in the distance.

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On our way to the Aspiring Hut.

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Up the valley next to the glacial melt stream–bridge to Rob Roy Glacier ahead.

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A side hike. I’ll do this on the way back.

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The trail passes through a sheep ranch along the way. Free range sheep?

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Several icy streams to cross.

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Beautiful grassy mountain valley, getting closer now.

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Almost there!

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Aspiring Hut coming up.

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Made of local fieldstone.

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This area is a World Heritage Area.

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I saw more waterfalls in a few weeks in Fiordland than I have in the whole rest of my life.

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Back down to the Roy Roy Glacier bridge. Time for a little side hike.

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Just tiptoe under that big overhanging rock.

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And you arrive at the hanging edge of the Rob Roy Glacier. It’s big!

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Which made for my biggest hiking day in NZ: more than 16 miles and 2500 feet climb.

Time for a nice hot bath!

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