11 thoughts on “Reaching the summit of Mount Pirongia”

  1. High is good always, … but this high really gives you the high of feeling greater for your earthsuit saying…yes, yes. your’re getting “sea legs”, they are doing good work…. yeah… Keep on ‘trippin wild’….. my legs for walking again are getting stronger and I can more without my really super walker… yeah…..I’m trippin’ wild too…giggle Hey you, sweetness, you give stength (sp?) to not to give… but it is not one of my traits nor is it one of your….yep! love for to the sun and back again….Barbie here๐Ÿ’š

  2. You are seriously doing so well, your progress on the trail is brilliant
    Have you managed to sort out the your blister problems you were plagued with at the beginning of the trail?

    1. Hey thank you!!! Still a few heel blisters and some toe issues but not as bad as before. Iโ€™m on my 3rd pair of shoes so my feet are still getting settled.. hahaha! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Looks like the Te Araroa and you are starting to reach an understanding. Bet she’s still got a lot of surprises though! Have been reading though another thru hiker’s blog about the trail. An interesting site with a lot of info similar to what you put up for the PCT. The link is: https://thesummitregister.com/guide-thru-hiking-new-zealands-te-araroa-trail/
    His view of the TA is interesting, summarised as “the TA is defined by its challenging terrain, unpredictable weather and navigational obstacles, and just may be the toughest of the worldโ€™s major thru-hikes. The AT, PCT, CDT, and Camino are all world-renown, but, here in NZ, the extremely unpredictable weather and variety of challenging terrain made the TA the perfect storm of a trail for my crew. The jury is still out as to which thru-hike is the toughest, according to these vets, New Zealand takes the cake”. An interesting view from a seasoned thru hiker. BTW, did you buy a DOC Hut Pass? http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-stay/stay-in-a-hut/

    1. Thanks Rex! Yep I heard this trail is in the top 5 of the hardest thru-hikes and I believe the terrain has a lot to do with it. Bought a hut pass in Auckland for the unpredictable weather that will likely hit the further south I travel!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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