Day 49: Arthur’s Pass… Still!!

It looks like the whole building has been put into a carwash, the rain is so heavy.

The next section of the trail is the Harper Pass, and it’s an old pounamu trading route that runs West to East between the Arthur’s Pass and Lewis Pass Highways. Since I’ve planned to meet Dad at the end of the Harper Pass in three day’s time, and I have no more days up my sleeve to use in case of rain, I would have had to leave today to begin. The first day and a half of the track is in the river, and according to DOC the rivers in the area become incrossable after about 50mm of rain. Today we’re getting 150mm!

So that’s that, then. The new plan is to stick around till tomorrow, and try and get up Avalanche Peak in the morning, which is a popular 1100m climb from Arthur’s Pass Village. In the afternoon I’ll head out to Christchurch, again.

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