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march-fixer: Track 2184 in area near New Zealand, Southland ()
Routeburn Track - Day 2
Length: 5.2km, Creator time taken: 2h11m, Ascent: 404m,
Descent: 126m

Places: Start at Lon 168.173, Lat -44.7676, end at Lon 168.165, Lat -44.7418 2.9km N from Start
Logged as completed by 1
Early start and had a good breakfast. Packed up and headed off towards the next hut - Routeburn Flats Hut. Crossed the southern end of Lake Mackenzie and headed up the long hard climb towards Harris Saddle.

Some parts of the track are quite difficult with only a narrow ledge to walk on and you are attempting not to knock your large backpack, which could disturb your balance. The weather was reasonable with clouds constantly swirling up from the valley floor and clearing in minutes only to be replaced as quickly.

Disaster struck when the GPS started to run out of power and I found that while I had plenty of spare batteries to replace the rechargeable battery pack - I had forgotten to pack the battery cradle! It was not a case of popping back to get it so the unit ran out before we reached the shelter at Harris Saddle. We stopped for lunch there and spent our time fending off the brazen parrots who demanded some food.

Once past the saddle, the weather on the north eastern side was perfect. The views south east over the Humbolt Range and north east to the Routeburn Valley is impossible to describe. Truly fantastic. The rest of the track went exceptionally well. Nice hut at Routeburn Flats. Ended day two by doing a side trek from the Routeburn Flats Hut north up to the end of the Routeburn North Branch of the valley (4km return). This is an isolated but magical area. The setting sun lit up the summit of snow-capped Mount Somnus which lay at the very far end of a flat grassy valley wedged in between towering rock-wall sides.

Uploaded on: Thu, 9 May 2013 (14:16:29)
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