Today I went on my second PNTMC tramping trip of 2007. Again I met a couple of people I had tramped with 'way back'. The trip was into "Stanfield Hut" on the eastern side of the Ruahines, a track I had gone on quite a few times many years ago. The uphill bits provided a challenge this time around, but it's all in the plan to improve my uphill fitness!
We left Palmerston North in drizzly rain, though it was calm. As we drove through the Gorge, the cloud lifted, and the sun shone, but the wind when we arrived at the track end was quite something. I tried to apply sunblock on my face, but it was blown off my fingers!!!Here we are at the hut. Actually this first photo is the 'long drop' near the hut, typical of the backcountry. This one was fortunately not too smelly!