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A glimpse of Avalon

After thinking it trough from every angle we could think of, we finally gave up on the plan of the Heaphy Track. 5 days we wanted to walk through the Kahurangi National Park, but logistics and organisation of transport as well as the time that seems to run faster than we can keep up with, made it final. It is one thing to walk 82 kilometers on one of New Zealand’s most beautiful and diversified tracks, but it is another to organise transport for the almost 500 ks to get from one end to the other on these autumn days that have less and less daylight. But I think it is a good thing to keep a few points left on one’s to-do-list so one has a reason to come back :o)

And of course there are other beautiful tracks here as well. A few weeks ago we heard about a nice one in the Nelson Lake National Park – Lake Angelus high up in the mountains – but we were discouraged straight away when we heard about the condition of the track ( = very steep) plus we were very much intimidated by the athletic Australian industrial climber who told us enthusiastically about it. This sounded way beyond our condition and abilities. Since we have had a few extra days because of not going on the Heaphy, we went to the Department of Conservation Office in St. Arnaud to look for some alternatives in the Nelson Lake National Park. As a matter of fact, most tracks seemed to concentrate around the Angelus Hut and all of a sudden some didn’t look too frightening any more. Most tracks are so called „routes“ though, which means the track is marked sporadically, but not well-formed most of the times. Thanks to my spontaneity and unconcious behaviour of taking people by surprise and off guard with exuberant enthusiasm, we were on the Speargrass – Angelus Track three hours later after an intense and nerve-racking phase of packing.

Packing on the DOC-office’s front lawn in St. Arnaud

Since it was already half past two in the afternoon when we got on the track, we thankfully took this as an excuse to devide up the 7 hours of climb to Lake Angelus into two days. Therefore we stopped for the night at Speargrass-Hut

packing up in the morning at Speargrass Hut

We followed Speargrass Creek all the way up the valley to its spring. This picture is taken in the forest below the bushline.

We get closer to the bushline…

Shaky swing bridges are only a vague memory of luxury here :o) Countless times we had to cross Speargrass creek. We passed the bushline and almost reach the cloud that’s stuck in the valley

Almost there! We take a short break at the track junction and enjoy the view on Lake Angelus… The hut is close!

Break at the track junction

Someone seems to have been very happy he found the hut..?

It is a different world up here… no birdsounds, no wind, no cars…the silence is ear-deafening

Lake Angelus

Clouds keep coming over the hills around the lake and waft over the water until the sun burns them away. Never have we witnessed such a mystic atmosphere and we half expect Morgan le Fay floating over the water and opening the curtain of clouds to Avalon…

This is NOT Morgan le Fay :o) But he’s cooking dinner and therefore even more welcome :o) Unbelievable how tramping developes a fondness for chicken-soup flavoured tea in you… all flavours of all sorts of foodstuff seem to become indistinct after a while as pots and dishes can only be rinsed in cold water :o)

Mount Angelus shortly before sundown

same same – but different. Mount Angelus shortly after sundown not quite 5 minutes later

cosy atmosphere in the evening …the lack of electricity is a major part of backcountry-hut-charms

cosy atmosphere in the evening …the lack of electricity is a major part of backcountry-hut-charms

Reading before going to sleep… the heat from the woodfire in the common room doesn’t reach our dorm rooms and it gets quite cold during the night… therefore cuddling up in your sleepingbag is the only option.

Early morning… we are still a bit undecided whether we want to go back the way we came from through the valley or – as we originally planned – via the Robert Ridge route (right side of the picture). It is very windy and after a few steps in the direction of the ridge with three gusts of wind that nearly swept me off my feed, we change our mind and go down the valley…

Time for „collecting sunrays“ and relaxation

We reach the bushline… luckily we can’t feel our sore muscles yet which we will „enjoy“ for the next 4 days ;o)

5 Kommentare auf “A glimpse of Avalon”

  1. Ulrich sagt:

    he ihr zwei,
    wieder mal tolle bilder und feine berichte von euch ;)
    wünsch euch noch schöne tage da unten und uns mindestens genauso schöne bilder hier zum träumen…


  2. Nette sagt:

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmm Tee mit Hühnersuppenflavour,dass klingt interessant für mich………und lecker schmecker??????????
    Hallo ihr Lieben, seid ja in ganz schön einsame und ‚ mystische‘ Welten abgedriftet. Unvorstellbar, dass es noch so sauberes,klares Wasser gibt. Wenn ich mir so die Höhenmeter ansehe, die ihr überwindet, tun mir ja schon allein vom Betrachten die Muskeln weh! Respekt an euch beide, dass ihr das so schafft!!!!

  3. Stephie sagt:

    Mensch, tolle Bilder. Hmm, fange wieder an zu träumen.
    Aber dein aromatischer Hühnersuppen-Tee läst mich wieder wach werden ;=)

    Wünsche euch weiterhin viel Spaß und wenig Muskelkater.

    LG Stephie

    PS. Auch liebe Grüße von Thorsten!

  4. Echt toll eure Seite! Musste auch glatt eure Seite kommentieren. LG

  5. Danke! Kommentare sind immer gerne gesehen :-)