NZ DAY 123
TRAVERS SABINE CIRCUIT: Upper Travers Hut to West Sabine Hut 10KM (total KM's walked 1281)
Today was always going to be a day of ups and downs and I don’t just mean the terrain. From the hut we had an hour and a half climb straight up to the saddle. An exercise in futility if the weather wasn’t fine. I woke up at 6.45am and went out to check the sky and to my delight it was clear beautiful blue so blue that the moon was lighting the top of the mountain. So again the weather gods had granted my wish. So that was the up side of the day.
The down side was once across the saddle the track was a 1000 meter straight down over shale the first half and a muddy roots slide the second half. I knew it would play havoc with my knees. So we set out about 8am and the climb up was good, with a majority of it natural stone staircase. The saddle views where amazing with even a little bit of snow. Then came the down.....OMG it was a a downward rock scramble.
Then after 300 meters it turned into roots and mud, we received a little grace in that the mud had dried out so wasn’t the slip and slide that had been reported from the day before. At about 800 meters the track flattened out and run along the river and we thought the downward trudge was ended so we relaxed and had lunch next to the river. But we should had known better soon after lunch we stayed to defend again through a rocky muddy root mess. An hour later and the hut finally came into view. I dropped my pack and sat totally spent my knees throbbing and saying a pray of thanks to the universe for getting us down relatively unscathed. David did take a couple of tumbles one he snap his pole and bruised his knee and the other he landed on his back and snapped my note book.
Once we had grabbed a bunk we headed down to the river to soak....the freezing water certainly makes you ache but if you can cope it does ease the muscles. Tonight in the hut there are a lot of people but I don’t think it will be a problem because I’m exhausted
HIGHLIGHT: Travers Saddle was epic
LOWLIGHT: How much it hurt coming down, I think I might have to invest in a knee support.
Today I am grateful for opportunities, opportunities to meet interesting people, opportunities to experience breathtaking views opportunities to push myself beyond what I think I am capable of, opportunities to create an amazing life with The Spunky Rooster. I am grateful we both got down safely. Grateful helinox will replace David’s pole.