Bruce Hopkins Trail Diary - Week 19
10 February - 16 February 2018.
Palmerston North - Wellington via the Tararua Tops
"Sean McCarthy found my GoPro ... Sean brings it to me from Feilding, just astounding!
"When I'm coming down out of the tops ... that's when it'll start crackin's up. Which'll be okay. I'll probably get drenched, but I'll be out of those exposed tops.
"It's not even so much the rain, or even the potential snow at this time of year, but more the wind
" Selfish! ... you're displaying qualities that kind of go against what you're doing [as a walker on the Te Araroa trail]. You know? You ... bl***y hell, pull your head in.
"I've just emerged from the forest once again and into the tussock ... Mt Crawford that I climb tomorrow is looming ...
"The forest is magical , the layers of moss and lichen ... the gnarly, gnarly trunks and branches ... Now I'm up on the peaks. ... I had no idea how vast these Tararua's were.
"Whew. What took place this morning up there on Mt Crawford .... is going to take a while to sink in I think - how close I came to not being here anymore."