There are times that even though you know post night shift you are going to be tired and struggle, you head out for the adventure anyway! 22nd-24th of June this year, Emily Wilson and Alisa Rollinson were floating around on the West Coast, so obviously it was time for a packrafting adventure.
It started off mellow enough with another wander into Rapid Creek Hut, reminiscing about the Miserable Ridge Trip from early this year. (Slightly less miserable this time!) However, put some adventure racers together and we soon start behaving like racers instead of trampers and the rules are slightly different... So the next morning we set off for a massive mission up the Noisy Basin access route, over 1686, along Misty Ridge to Mt Browne and back to the hut. However, the day light in June is not what it was and the early snow had set in. So we found ourselves at point 1686 right on sunset, which was ok, we could have continued in the dark, only that early snow made our route impassible. Thus we turned around at the worst possible point and endured a very long march back to the hut. Where upon we woke someone up at 1am, thankfully he wasn't too worried about the fact all our stuff was still there because he could see we were packrafters and therefore must know what we are doing - possibly quite flawed logical. As a packrafter I have absolutely no idea what I am doing! Haha!
So the next day we going up and packrafted out, the Hokitika Gorge is stunning and from rapid creek hut to there, we only portaged one rapid.