Total km: 280 (zero day)
It’s always nice to wake up to fat snowflakes, albeit unusual to do so 11 days before summer.
After waking up I had brunch at a cafe, picked up my box of food and repacked ready for the next leg up to Wanaka.
The only problem? The weather.
The forecast for the next few days is fine Wednesday and Thursday and maybe Friday, but then another storm cell hitting on the weekend.
I guess that’s the unpredictability of the TA for you. What that meant though was an afternoon of assessments and planning. I even considered flying to north island. I rang up three DOC offices to see what the condition was at certain points in NZ. It is becoming apparent that nearly all of New Zealand is affected by the weather. Indeed maybe the TA is about making the most of the situation. The problem about gaining altitude and walking in fresh snow is that you gear increases massively - gaiters, boots, crampons, maybe an ice axe and different sleeping bag and tent. These are the pieces of equipment I would need to swap out. Nah ...
So my TA experience includes bussing it to Arrowtown - which has a blanket of snow - and exploring Arrowtown tomorrow. After that ... who knows? The weather is pretty mercurial at the moment!