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Training Log Archive: Stijn

In the 7 days ending Dec 10, 2017:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Hiking3 16:14:19 39.95(2.5/h) 64.3(4.0/h) 2211
  Trail Running2 10:59:06 48.03(13:43) 77.3(8:32) 2276
  Total5 27:13:25 87.99(18:34) 141.6(11:32) 4487

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Sunday Dec 10, 2017 #

10 AM

Trail Running 1:55:36 [3] 21.4 km (5:24 / km) +109m 5:16 / km
shoes: Asics Gel Fuji Trabuco 6

Along the Te Anau lakeshore path to Brod Bay and back. Really fun section through the forest with soft conditions underfoot after all the recent rain :)

Friday Dec 8, 2017 #

8 AM

Hiking 2:00:00 [1] 9.5 km (4.7 kph) +50m
shoes: Boreal Zanskar Boots

I was catching the ferry back at 11:45, so had a leisurely start. Other than the swarms of sandflies which made packing up the tent immensely frustrating... After crossing the river yet again it was an easy amble back past all the hikers ("you're going the wrong way!" :-/) to Glade Wharf.

Watch died, so data is estimated.

Thursday Dec 7, 2017 #

6 AM

Trail Running 9:03:30 [3] 55.9 km (9:43 / km) +2167m 8:09 / km
shoes: Asics Gel Fuji Trabuco 6

Such an incredible run! The mountain steepness here is on another level and I was surrounded by waterfalls pretty much all day :)

Early start with just my running vest and after crossing the river again had great running conditions with the track being so good. My aim was to get to Sutherland Falls (NZ's highest waterfall - 580m) and back, which did involve a double-crossing of McKinnon Pass which kept me honest! Lucky I got to cross it a second time as the views were blocked by mist on my first crossing.

Saw lots of people and had to explain myself to several rangers, showing photos of my campsite location to prove I was camping legally.

Pretty worked by the end of the day but oh so worth it!

Wednesday Dec 6, 2017 #

8 AM

Hiking 7:20:28 [2] 20.0 km (2.7 kph) +1246m
shoes: Boreal Zanskar Boots

The Milford Track was fully booked out 6 months in advance and I thought I'd save R3000 anyway by exploiting DOC's rule that you are allowed to camp for free at least 500m off the track. This is very difficult to do on the Milford since it is almost entirely contained by glacially-carved valleys where you hit a cliff before the required 500m. But I did my research and found a perfect spot about 10km into the hike.

In order to skip the ferry to the start (and to get some more adventure), I slogged up and over Dore Pass, which was quite a challenge with a heavy backpack. The route doesn't really have a path but is occasionally marked with orange tags. It reminded me so much of a Berg pass with the initial bundubashing and boulder-hopping up the river :)

Spectacular views over the Clinton Valley at the top and then quite a frustrating 900m descent through thick forest with plenty of tree-fall. Once I was on the Milford (huge manicured path), it was just a matter of finding the right spot to wade across the river and bundubash up to my scouted spot. Perfect!

Monday Dec 4, 2017 #

8 AM

Hiking 6:53:51 [2] 34.8 km (5.0 kph) +915m
shoes: Asics Gel Fuji Trabuco 6

Return hike back to The Divide where I caught a shuttle back to Te Anau. 4km extra value added going back to the hut thinking I had left my Kindle behind. It was in my pack all along :-/

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