We spent Thursday morning doing last minute gear purchases. Got a new puffer jacket and a pack liner.
Then it was back to guide house for lunch and chill time.
Then the packing started in earnest. With many guides in the house there was gear, packs and people all over. Short time later we were weighing and finalising contents. Mine weighed in at 11kgs so pleased with that. About middle for the group.
Ate pizza at lake edge fighting off ducks, they are a menace here.
Quiet evening at home, earlyish night.
Woke early, the Routeburn Guides were up first and out by 6.30. Then it was Milford guides turn, we had a later start with a 7.30 departure from house.
Quick briefing at office, we received our guide manuals and reference books. And then on to bus.
As I write this we are travelling next to Lake Wakitipu heading to Te Anau for a lunch break, then on to Te Anau Downs where we get on boat and out of cell range.
We are at Glade House tonight.
Will fully update when we get back.