Well worth the effort,we spent 18 days cruising round this 7-10 day circuit in June.Few people,fewer sandflies,the bigger concerns are rivers & how to shoulder a heavy pack until you eat it down to size.Brian & Kat,Wanaka,overtook us in their little rubber kayaks,as did the Racehorses,a determined group of 3 trampers from Dunedin,who`d seen our names in the hut books & were determined to `run us down`.They did,on the last day.A mate was going to join us at Big Bay but got waylaid,so airdropped some treats instead-chocolate,salarmi & (drum roll),two foot-long Subways,fresh outa Queenstown.That hit the spot.A far cry from Grave & Talbot,who over a 100 years ago,biked from Oamaru to Milford,met the steamer to get their two,60 lb packs & went exploring for several weeks.And repeated the dose yearly.Thanks to Yarmoss for your route info.We got there finally.The Demon Trail is over-rated,we thought,& the Black Swamp in the Pyke wasn`t too bad.
lewshaw Coupla years later,we were on the 5 Passes job & got a reverse view down the Olivine to the lake.
17 April 2020
lewshaw Don`t know if I replied to this,6 years is probably pigeon post stuff!Yes,we found where the painting viewpoint was-the artist landed in a Piper Cub on the t/r of the Pyke,just before L Wilmot.He then bush bashed through the swamp & climbed the ridge unil he got the view through the bush.I didn`t ask,but doubt he took his easel with him!
17 April 2020
Yarmoss Glad to hear you ticked it off the bucket list! Did you find the point from which your painting was from? And how did the trip take you 18 days? I'd be interested in a full itinerary of what you got up to.
1 July 2013