23rd to the 27th of April 2018.
Lydia McLean and I embarked on an ANZAC adventure to tick off one of the big names in Transalpine Tramping, Ivory Lake Hut. Was a great time, including the bit where I discovered I was iron deficient via text message on the first evening. I thought the hill seemed unusually difficult!
We went in along the Hitchin Range, which makes for an interesting mix of lovely and slightly more challenging travel and about two days to Ivory Lake Hut, the second day was particularly interesting in limited visibility, as there are a few times the range is best follow off to one side of the other, and it can be hard to keep your bearings when you can't see the ridge above you. All in all we arrived after dark at Ivory Lake , given we had had a late start on the first day, but the consensus was to push it as weather was going to be closing in later in the week and we've all heard the stories of friends trapped in the valley for weeks at a time.
Had a lovely chill ANZAC morning at Ivory Lake, with BEER, before making is down the Waitaha in a half day to Top Waitaha, a full day all the way to Kiwi Flat and then another half day out. I now completely understand the Waitaha's reputation as being rough. Although the track was in particularly tidy condition, it's still just rough going and I really need to upskill in the West Coast terrain, Fiordland was way to easy a training ground by comparison!
Made it out before the weather arrived, and on our first attempt too!