Getting up that mountain was no walk in the park

*Disclaimer: All photographs are taken by my husband. Check him out on Instagram.

ANZAC weekend was a pretty good one. It was hard as fuck, but it was good. I climbed to Mueller Hut in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park. It’s quite a popular tramp these days, but it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

Near Sealy Tarns

It starts out one step at a time. For approximately 2,200 stairs. Now, with legs my size (short, heavy, and very tubby), and a pack with stuff for 2 nights in a back-country hut/camping… not so easy. Granted, it’s a pretty cushy hut. There’s gas up there already. You have to take your own toilet paper though.

Heading back down Sealy Tarns Track

Those 2,200 stairs (and a bit of gentle uphill slopage to start the track)… elevates you by approximately 530m and gets you to Sealy Tarns. It’s a nice walk if you’re into stairs, and offers wonderful views of the Hooker Valley and Mueller Lake. Past Sealy Tarns, the track to Mueller Hut continues to climb and becomes a bit rougher. It’s no longer a manicured track with purpose-built stairs – it becomes an alpine route.

Alpine camping

Another 500m of elevation, including clambering through a boulder field and scrambling up a steep scree slope, and you’re there.

Sunrise

Man oh man, is it worth it.

Sunrise

If you’re ever there, go outside at night. Trust me.

Mueller Hut at night
Our tent at night

We had a fantastic weekend. Sure, for about a week afterwards I struggled walking up and down the stairs to work, but hey. Worth it, right?

D

*Disclaimer: All photographs are taken by my husband. Check him out on Instagram.

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2 thoughts on “Getting up that mountain was no walk in the park

  1. Nicola May 3, 2017 / 7:26 am

    You go, girl! What an amazing achievement! Oh, and I guess the photos are ok too… 😛

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    • Dani May 3, 2017 / 9:11 am

      Cheers Nicola! It was definitely a feat for me… I’m quite proud 😀

      Like

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