The usual suspects
Whilst going on our velo mountaineering trip to Mt Princess earlier this year Mike and I had one of our long philosophical rambles as we often do and one particular ramble involved the great walks of New Zealand. Mikes statement was that the "Great walks" represented the best of New Zealand to view - my own counter was the "Great walks" (of which I've only done a couple so actually didn't have grounds to comment) represent commercial touristic interests rather than what is really good out there if you are only willing to put a good effort in. Mikes rather good reply is that part of begin good is being accessible and the great walks are readily accessible - the stuff I'm talking about is not.
Well with my small season starting over the next couple of months of which the beginnings have been further dogged by bad weather I realize much of what I do is on that issue of accessibility. With rarely more than a 24 hour period to head out in accessibility is the key issue and the usual suspects keep turning up, Mt Arthur on weekdays while kids are at school and Angelus on weekends if I get a chance. A longer harder usual suspect is Mt Chittenden and or Point 2142 in the Nelson Lakes National park from Conners creek which in one long 14 to 15 hour day which encapsulates the best of what can be done - great walk accessibility style. Nice bike ride , great walk and a couple of alpine mountain's!!
Eastern aspects of Arthur.