Missioning 2:30:00  10.8 km (13:53 / km) +1200m 8:56 / km
From Waiohine gorge CP up the valley along the gorge, then on up to Cone saddle and up the ridge to Mt Cone. Met Granny goat on top, who'd tramped through from Otaki forks over the previous day and a bit. We timed it remarkably well, with her arriving on the top 5mins before me. Not bad considering we were both 30mins behind our agreed meeting time!
4 and a bit km along the rough and rooty single track along the valley in the muggy heat to begin with. Then turned hard left and up the saddle track, which isn't exactly maintained, although someone had helpfully put up orange tapes in the most overgrown bits. The track climbs quickly to 570m, before then dropping a bit and sidling back up toward the saddle at 560m. I refilled my water at the bottom of the climb, but was thankful for the couple of stream crossings towards the top where I could restock before hitting the top ridge.
From the saddle to the top is about 2.5km with 500m climb. Hadn't eaten enough by this point, so was a struggle on the last climbs. Happy to find mum on the top and collapse in a sheltered nook in the snow grass to eat lunch.
Missioning 1:15:00  3.5 km (21:26 / km) +140m 17:51 / km
Took GG's larger pack for the steep descent back down to the Cone hut turn off
skjog 30:00  3.7 km (8:06 / km) +30m 7:48 / km
Swapped packs again and got to let loose down the last descent back to the gorge. Nice long ice bath for my legs while waiting for the GG at the bottom (while chilling the bottle of L&P in the river)