Sunday, April 22, 2007

Weka Point and Ferndale scenic reserve, Kenepuru Sound

After climbing to 407 metres the track slowly descends throughout the leg to Mistletoe Bay.

Although the upmarket accommodation and pack-transfer services can make the Queen Charlotte track sound like an easy beginners walk, the length of the last two stages and the undulating nature of the ridge line track, fully justify it's rating as moderate rather than easy.

We wore well broken in boots. These, coupled with the excellent "Trampers Wool" padding supplied as part of our "Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company" orientation kit, allowed us to complete the trip without any blisters. A walking stick was also useful for some of the slopes and for taking the pressure off of the odd sore joint at times.

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