The Arthur range can be easily seen on a clear day from Nelson and culminates to the South in “The Twins” arguably the most impressive mountains in the Kahurangi national park and certainly the most demanding from a mountaineering standpoint. They are surrounded by some very wild and spectacular Karst country which adds to the difficulties, excitement and scenic beauty of travel thru or over the Twins. There are no walk in’s to the North Twin and only the South side of the South Twin offers any easy passage to the South Peak and even this requires fairly demanding tramping to get to the base of. Joined by adventure athletes Jake and Brent fresh off the Godzone adventure race we left the Mount Arthur car park , traversed the Twins and than descended to the Baton valley in a little under 12 hours and although the pace never seemed high the legs and body told a different story for a few days afterwards. It was my fourth year running on a "Twins" trip - only the first year I never made it underestimating the time required and having to dash to work that same evening. Its a trip that doesn't get boring or much easier- even the walk in is a quality hike and I am certainly looking forward to more time on the Twins.
Earlier in the month of March I headed up to the another of the very spectacular region's of the Kahurangi National Park- the Mount Owen massif of the Marino mountains. It was the 5th year running in what has also become an annual trip. Each time I've started by biking the 85 km's to Courthouse flat, an extinct mining settlement and then hiking a different mountain in area . The Karst country is somewhat milder in form here than on the Twin's but spectacular none the less and each time up here I wonder why I don't come more often.
Looking upwards - after leaving the car at the Baton ford and biking back to Motueka for the following days Traverse of the Twins. They are certainly looking mighty impressive rising over 1500 meters higher than the valley floor!!
The Autumn light made for lovely views , here across to the West Coast with Mount Kendall in center picture.