Facebook and Instagram are busy reminding me that this time 3 years ago I was in Queenstown getting ready to tackle the Milford Track.
It had been a tougher than tough year and I recall feeling woefully under-prepared for the hike. In particular, I was fearful of Day 3 and the walk up and over Mackinnon Pass. If you’re interested I wrote all about it here. As it turned out, I was absolutely right to be.
Milford Track is known as one of the world’s greatest walks for a very good reason – it truly is awesome, but that day 3 nearly broke me, both physically and in spirit. I truly was that under-prepared.
Don’t get me wrong, I had trained for the distance and coped with day 2 (16 kms) perfectly well. Day 4’s distance (21 kms) was hard, really hard – especially on the back of the day before – but still do-able. Day 3, though, was an entirely different story. Nothing I’d trained for prepared me for the climb up and, more importantly, the agonisingly steep, slow and slippy walk down in the driving rain.
If you’ve read Happy Ever After, you’ll know that the experience inspired some (important) scenes in that novel.
Anyways, the hell of day 3 aside, it was a memorable tramp and one that is worthy of the accolades. It’s also a very achievable tramp – especially the way we were doing it – for anyone who has a good level of fitness. At least half the trampers on track with us were in their sixties (or above) and managed much better than I did on that horrible day 3. Plus, although I’d been to Milford Sound before, it was somehow even more awesome walking in and waking up to that incredible view.
I journaled the experience day by day and blogged the (unedited) words and photos so won’t rehash it all here. You can follow the links below to the posts…
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