Rā 5, Rāpare 5 o Kohitātea 2017

We had a great day out in the hills today.  We’ve been here nearly 9 years and never been up Karioi which is a 756m inactive volcano out at the coast by Raglan. It was a perfect day weather-wise with clear blue sky, a light wind and sunshine. So difficult to choose a photo from so many beautiful views

 but this one of Gus sitting on a boulder just before the summit with Nigel emerging from the bush behind him is the one!  It was an adventure! Plenty of mud, lots of ups and downs, chains, boulders and airy lookouts!

Day 96 April 5th 2016

It’s been a strange couple of days. Recovering muscles,  swollen toes and waiting for the results.
Loads of angry and disappointed comments on the Oxfam trailwalk facebook page about the conditions and people’s experiences of the 100km.  Seems like there were a whole heap of issues;  closed checkpoints, dangerous descents, missing markers, record numbers of retirements. 
Of 160 teams,  only 86 finished with a full team of four. 
We ended up 14th team overall and first all women’s team.  Very proud of ourselves but also of all those other teams who ground it out in far worse conditions than us for longer.  A great effort all round, from the teams walking, the support teams, the volunteers, and the organisers.


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