Olivier Moly photographer, dreamer, adventurer…

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I started around 8 am and left the hut. The weather wasn’t beautiful as I expected but the barometer went up during the night. It snowed this night leaving a white blanket on summits around. To reach Lower Wairaki Hut I had 13 kilometres to walk with an eight hours estimation walking. I crossed Aparima River by a swing bridge and walked through a swamp following marker poles until reaching the forest. The walk through this beech forest and fern field wasn’t easy going but really beautiful. Sometime I crossed area covered by a thin snow layer and had to ford some creeks flooded. After 5 hours walking I finally reached the Waikari River that I forded getting my feet wet. I got to the hut and lit a fire to dry my clothes out. I’m going to spend the night here and tomorrow head to Telford Campsite and maybe further.

J’ai quitté le refuge sur les coups de huit heure. Le temps n’est pas des plus magnifique mais le baromètre indique une forte augmentation. Il a neigé cette nuit et une fine couche de neige s’est déposé sur les sommets. Je traverse Aparima River pas un pont suspendu et progresse à travers un marré en direction de l’orée d’une forêt de Nothofagus (“Faux” hêtres de l’hémisphère sud aux feuillages persistants). J’ai 13 kilomètres à parcourir aujourd’hui, le temps de marche estimé est de 8 heures. Il ne faut donc pas que je traine de trop. J’amorce une longue marche à travers cette forêt dont le sol est couvert de fougères rendant le chemin parfois indistinct. Je traverse quelques ruisseaux en crues débordant de toutes part et quelques endroits enneigés. Après 5 heures de marche j’atteint Waikari River que je traverse sans trop d’encombre si ce n’est que mes chaussures sont à nouveau trempées. Le refuge est là, j’allume un feu de manière à faire sécher mes affaires. La prochaine section jusqu’à Telford Campsite est de 8 heures de marche, mais j’espère pouvoir continuer. Le ciel semble se dégager je pense que le temps sera clément demain.

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