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NZ Part 7: The end

February 19th, 2009 2 Comments

I spent my last day in Arthur’s Pass climbing Mt. Aiken. The climb up to the tree-line was once again a scramble, including a 3m rock cliff that I had to scale. At the tree-line there is a sign saying, “Trail markings stop at this point. Do not proceed past this point unless you are […]

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NZ Part 6: Arthur’s Pass

February 17th, 2009 1 Comment

I arrived at Arthur’s Pass Village around 8pm to find that the only hostel was full. I wandered around town in the rain until I found a place called “The Sanctuary.” The way it works is that you call up the manager (who lives in Christchurch), and he gives you the code for the door. […]

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NZ Part 5: Welcome Flat Hot Springs

February 17th, 2009 No Comments

I didn’t make it to my car from Aspiring hut until noon, and I still had 5 hours of driving and 7 hours of hiking to do that day. Theoretically, that means I wouldn’t make it to my destination until midnight, but hiking in the dark sucks. Luckily I had a solution–just go really really […]

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NZ Part 4: Mt. Aspiring National Park

February 17th, 2009 No Comments

It turns out that I could walk the next morning (after that marathon 40km hike), but just barely. It was my first sunny day in NZ, and I decided to drive up north to Mt. Aspiring National Park. It took me about 3 hours to get to Wanaka, where I turned off onto a road […]

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NZ Part 3: The Routeburn Track

February 12th, 2009 1 Comment

The Routeburn Track is another one of NZ’s great walks. This one is 32km long and is considered NZ’s premiere alpine crossing. It crosses over the main divide of the southern alps at Harris Saddle. Unfortunately, the road distance between the two ends of the track is 350km. Since I didn’t fancy taking a bus […]

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NZ Part 2: Milford Sound

February 12th, 2009 No Comments

The road from Te Anau to Milford Sound is 120km long and absolutely gorgeous. There are towering peaks on either side of the road with blue-ice glaciers melting into waterfalls that cascade down moss-covered rocks into temperate rainforest that clings to the rock walls. Near the end, the road enters a tunnel blasted straight through […]

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NZ Part 1: The Kepler Track

February 10th, 2009 2 Comments

After my day lazing around in Christchurch, I decided it was time to get out of town. I rented a shitty old blue Toyota and and was determined to head south. There was only one problem–in this country, they drive on the left side of the road. Driving in a straight line wasn’t too bad, […]

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Off the ice bitchez!

February 5th, 2009 1 Comment

“Attention South Pole, skier one-five has checked pole three, estimated time of arrival is 12pm.” That was only 25 minutes away. I tried to finish my lunch quickly, but then had a hard time convincing myself to get up from the table and finish packing my stuff. I was having my last cup of tea […]

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Almost done…

February 1st, 2009 No Comments

It is February 2, 2009 5:08am SPDT. I have been on the ice for 89 days, and 86 of those have been at Pole. I have now lived in Antarctica for longer than I lived in Berkeley. In two days, I will board a flight with 45 other people and fly to Christchurch, NZ. I’ve […]

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