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Tales from the Trails. This week Christian tells us about his recent trip on an North Island classic, the Umakarikari track: "The day started after a poor attempt at getting some sleep in our car at the Umukarikari track road end. A couple of my mates and I began the steady ascent of the Umukarikari track in the crisp but delightfully clear mountain air of the Kaimanawa Ranges. After a couple of hours in the mountain beech forest we cleared the bush-line and found ourselves on a perfect day to be on the ridge-line. Stunning clears sky gave us spectacular views of the Tongariro Plateau and Lake Taupo. This view was abruptly ended as we found ourselves heading down into to the bush after a dusty climb to the highest point. The plan was to bush bash down to the Waipakihi River and follow it up to the Hut at the end of the valley. After an hour through dense, tangled scrub we found ourselves, not without a few cuts and scrapes, in the perfectly clear river. Taking our time, we made our way up the river, stopping for naps in the sun and swimming in crystal clear water holes. Only after a long saunter up the river did we finally arrive at the hut, a peaceful 12 bunk back country hut at the junction of 3 valleys. Nothing was better than the good food and better chat to finish the day, sitting on the deck looking out at the Waipakihi Valley and the peaks that encompass it." - Christian.
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