Come See the Fiordland Rain – Part Two

“On a Mish” #300 Come See the Fiordland Rain – Part Two. Clinton Valley / MacKinnon Pass. Fiordland National Park. 25.2.2013. The physical benefits of hiking are an added bonus to what is already an awesome activity. To up the challenge you can add weight, which also acts as good training for when you head to the hills for an adventure. A valuable tip when preparing yourself for a multi-day hike is to train with your pack on, and add a little weight so you can get used to it…

After my life changing back injury I decided to become a hiking guide (long story), and before I started my job I needed to get fit and accustomed to having a pack on my back. I would often go for hikes with my parents, and on one particular trip my father decided to add a rock or two to my pack when I wasn’t looking. It took me ages to notice, and once I did we all had a good laugh. Now six years later, I was guiding my parents on the Milford Track and I saw my father’s bag unattended. After our detour on the wetlands track we continued (some with a little extra weight) up the Clinton Valley enroute to Pompalona Lodge. Any sign of the morning cloud was long gone, and the day was sunny with barely a breath of wind. The tranquil clear-green waters of the Clinton River made for good trout spotting, and by chance we ran into a friend of my parents who was working as a fishing guide. We joked about him getting us a fish for dinner and he told us to wait a minute. Within five minutes he had a fish on, and just like that we had a side plate to enjoy with our dinner at Pompolona Lodge. The day was hot and a swim in the glacier melt was an outstanding way to cool down. As day turned to night we enjoyed all that Ultimate Hikes most remote lodge has to offer.

The Clinton River

Early-ish the next morning was clear and still, and with dawn beginning to light the mountain tips we began our hike towards the track’s high point at Mackinnon Pass(1069m). The gigantic granite walls of the Clinton Canyon were beginning their day the right way and we were the fortunate ones looking up at glacial carved perfection. Most dream of a cloudless day on the pass, but most aren’t that lucky. Luck was definitely on our side and unless we closed our eyes, we were going to see all of the glory on offer at the top of the pass. This trip was going to plan for everybody but me, as it wasn’t looking like I was going to get to show my parents the famous Fiordland rain

New Zealand. What a place to explore!

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