Hiking (Upper Caples - Mid Greens) 8:55:51  29.58 km (18:07 / km) +888m 15:45 / km
Had a good sleep. Woken up by the other guys in the hut about 6.30 and let them get out a couple of hours later before we did things. Thought we'd be up and out in an hour but as ever we somehow lost time and it was 10.30 before we left. We did make breakfast quesadillas though. I'm not very good at stopping for lunch so we decided two breakfasts is the way forward and they were delicious.
I thought we were up for about 20-22k of walking - yesterday being a bit shorter than we thought. Up over the saddle, down to McKellar Hut (where sensible people stop), then down the valley to mid Caples.
Path up to the saddle was lovely and smooth and we knocked off the climb in a reasonable time, got a bit rougher and rockier on the way down to McKellar. Reached there in 4.5 hours by which time I'd have been happy to stop. Unfortunately looked at the map and estimated about another 12k :(
Had a quick snack break then set off again. First couple of k still rough then got to nice forest trail. Cue the "if it stays like this we'll be there in no time". About a minute later we tackled a scree slope, rooty/rocky paths and ankle deep paddocks. The last couple of hours was a real slog and I was dead on my feet.
Finally made it to hut about 7.30. Only people there which was nice, but meant fire not lit. Ate food and then I pretty much fell asleep where I was sat at 9pm