This is why we came home...

Friday, July 17, 2009

After 10 days at home in Christchurch, we headed South to the paradise that is Wanaka.
Lake Wanaka
The mouth of the Matukituki river.

Wanaka is a haven for outdoors freaks, so we feel right at home here. We've had one day climbing at Hospital Flat - despite the negative temperatures, the sunshine meant our fingers stayed warm enough. After pulling on plastic in the gym, it was great to touch some real rock again.

Simon on Shortcut to Exposure, 17
Simon on Headbangers Arrete, grade 17.

Around Lake Wanaka there are some amazing walking and biking routes, as well as some stellar fishing spots that got Simon so excited he went and purchased a rod. Mmm salmon for dinner...

Lake Wanaka
View from the Minaret Burn track.

Route Finding
Mum and Simon, checking out our location on Minaret Burn track, to Colquhuons Beach.

Lake Wanaka
Ducks on Lake Wanaka

Yesterday we hit the slopes at Treble Cone with my brother Nick, and his mate Jumbo. We skied the piste for a while, then hiked up a few ridges to find some untracked stuff. Being here has made us pretty excited about the possibility of backcountry touring in New Zealand. All day we skied like we never left France, but the harsh reality of our lack of skiing fitness set in this morning as we struggled to move our aching bones out of bed!

Treble Cone
The access road to Treble Cone. Driving up, it looked dismal, then the cloud ended right before the carpark. Booya!

Treble Cone
Nick and I on the summit.

So the plan is to try and move to this gorgeous part of NZ around October, to lead a life less ordinary, filled with serious adventure.