Milford Track - Day 2

Saturday, 15 April 2017

It continued to rain overnight but by morning it looked like it was ready to stop.

With 16k to cover, Day 2 was going to be a longish day of walking but like the first day, the path was mostly flat and well graded. We spent the day hiking up a valley surrounded by steep sides and and featuring many waterfalls. The sections through the beech forest were indescribably green. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We only had a brief stop for lunch, due to the pesky sandflies annoying the hell out of us whenever we stopped for more than a few minutes, so we arrived at Clinton hut at about 2.30pm. Clinton Hut was my least favourite hut of the trip - being positioned in the middle of a section of mossy beech forest it didn’t get very much light and was freezing cold.  Due to the lack of solar power, the overhead lights were strictly rationed from 6-8pm each evening.

Still, it was dry and had all the other mod cons (running water & tables), so I can’t complain - they certainly put the Overland Track huts to shame.  There was also a swimming spot nearby which was very refreshing.  We cooked up our favourite camping meal of the trip - (indian curries with rice). Then we all played bananagrams until it was bedtime. The evenings were always lots of fun.

2017List
Cool things Wednesday, 3 May 2017
NZ Day 30 - Long Distance Final Sunday, 30 April 2017
NZ Day 28 - Rest Day 3 (HA!) Friday, 28 April 2017
NZ Day 27 - Long Qualifying 2 Friday, 28 April 2017
NZ Day 26 - Long Qualifying 1 Wednesday, 26 April 2017
NZ Day 25 - Rangitoto Island Tuesday, 25 April 2017
NZ Day 24 - Unexpected Outcomes Tuesday, 25 April 2017
NZ Day 23 - Sprint Qualifying Sunday, 23 April 2017
NZ Day 22 - Goodbye Rotorua, Hello Auckland Sunday, 23 April 2017
NZ Day 21 - Rest Day 2 (HA!) Saturday, 22 April 2017
NZ Day 20 - Rotorua Orienteering & Adrenaline Forest Thursday, 20 April 2017
NZ Day 19 - Rotorua Orienteering Thursday, 20 April 2017
NZ Day 18 - Rest Day (HA!) Tuesday, 18 April 2017
NZ Day 17 - Oceania Middle & Rotorua Tuesday, 18 April 2017
NZ Day 16 - Goodbye South Island Tuesday, 18 April 2017
NZ Day 15 - Milford Sound Saturday, 15 April 2017
Milford Track - Day 4 Saturday, 15 April 2017
Milford Track - Day 3 Saturday, 15 April 2017
Milford Track - Day 2 Saturday, 15 April 2017
Milford Track - Day 1 Saturday, 15 April 2017
NZ Day 9 - Pastries and Packing Saturday, 15 April 2017
NZ Day 8 - Pools and Puzzles Sunday, 9 April 2017
NZ Day 7 - More Glaciers & Amazing Views Sunday, 9 April 2017
NZ Day 6 - Gorges and Glaciers Friday, 7 April 2017
NZ Day 5 - Seals & Rocks Friday, 7 April 2017
NZ Day 4 - Old Ghost Road Wednesday, 5 April 2017
NZ Day 2 - Hot Springs and Long Drives Monday, 3 April 2017
NZ Day 0 & NZ Day 1 Sunday, 2 April 2017
NZ (Planned) Wednesday, 29 March 2017