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Routeburn-Caples Tramp November 1992

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November 1998: Trampers were: Jim Bardsley, Ian Bardsley, John Murphy, Paul De'ath, John McCarthy and me (Keith Blayney). Paul flew us down to Glenorchy and he then dropped the plane back at Queenstown.

IF16: Southern Alps

IJ03: Landing at Glenorchy

IJ04_05: Composite from Glenorchy garden
Day 1:

From Glenorchy, we headed up the Routeburn Valley to Routeburn Flats Hut, with a side trip up the North branch. I pulled a hamstring jumping over a stream (the danger of taking off a heavy pack is the delusion one can fly).

IJ06: Group at track start

IJ08: View back toward Glenorchy

IJ13: ? reflection

IJ18: Routeburn Flats

IJ22: On the North Branch

IJ23: North Branch to Sumnus

IJ24: Clear Pool on North Branch

IK14: North Col

IK18: Pool, and North Col

IK20: John, Jim, Ian and John

IK24: Keith - yes I do have pants

IL08A: View back to Routeburn Flats

It was then up to Routeburn Falls Hut, which was fairly crowded (Ian "made do", but that's another story). The view was great, the rocks were sharp (split my foot open) and the Keas took apart any socks left out to dry. I also scalded my hand on boiling water! Enough about my misadventure though. Above the huts The Routeburn Falls teased the photographer in me. The next day we were off to the Harris Saddle, where the winter snow hadn't thawed yet.

IL09A: Classic Routeburn Flats view

IL12A: Ian & Jim

IL14A: Team at Routeburn Falls

IL20A: Routeburn Falls

IL22A: Routeburn Falls

IL23A: Resting at Routeburn Falls

IL24A: Paul Resting at Routeburn Falls

IM02: Kea eyeing sock

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