Hiking (Trailhead - Upper Caples ) 5:32:19  17.44 km (19:03 / km) +391m 17:08 / km
James "I've found a hike to do, the DOC says 4 days but we can do it in 3, it's rated easy".
Hmm, not sure how consitent trail ratings and timings are, isthmus was pretty easy - just steep. this trail started pretty nice but then got pretty rough. It was flat but very rooty, and because it'd been wet there were a lot of creek crossings, including one where we went across on a log on our bums.
We camped at Kinloch overnight. Really nice spot and I was a lot warmer due to buying a nice sea to summit sleeping bag liner. Being us it was about 8 before we arrived and we pretty much had dinner and went to bed. Had a nice relaxing morning with breakfast at the lodge and then sorting out our stuff, and then somehow (again being us) we seemed to lose a heap of time. Got a flat tyre on the way to the trailhead, and the weather turned a bit crap. I was not entirely happy with the idea of hiking in the wet with a pack. Also changed my shoe choice after 2k and James ran back to get my boots (which warmed him up).
Finally arrived at the hut at 8,30., The other guys there were already bedding down for the night so we pretty much ate and went to bed, it was at least lovely and warm.