Today Morgan and I ran some errands to get everything we need for the Kepler Track. On Wednesday we have a 5.5 hour drive down South, and then we’ll begin hiking on Thursday Morning.

The Kepler is one of the 9 Great Walks of New Zealand. It starts in a town called Te Anau, and is a 60km (37.3 miles) loop. On the first day, we hike for about 10 miles and will also have to make it to the top of a mountain. That means we’ll change elevation by about 1000 meters, or 3280 feet.

The Kepler

Needless to say, we’ve had to do some training! Over the past few months, we’ve done a decent bit of working out and running. We have also gone on 3 beautiful walks to test out our new hiking boots and practice going up hills.

The first walk was the Temple Basin trek in Arthur’s Pass. It was about a 3 hour round trip and had a pretty steep incline. The ground was pretty loose, which made it difficult, but we made it to the top and had a great view (click any image to enlarge):

Temple Basin Panorama

Temple Basin Panorama

Temple Basin

The View from Temple Basin

Our second walk was a bit easier. We went on the newly renovated Godley Head walk along the cost. It was a fairly cloudy day, but the waves were hitting the cliffs pretty hard, which was cool. We walked for about two hours along the coast and turned around when we reached some gun turrets used for protection during World War 2. Probably our favorite walk that is local to Christchurch.

Godley Head Panorama

Godley Head Panorama

Godley Head

Morgan soaks in the view

For our third walk we drove back to Arthur’s Pass. There we had a steep climb! We went up to the top of Avalanche Peak. Overall, we changed climbed over 1,000 meters to reach the top. There were no flat parts, only steep and up. We did take a break to eat lunch, however, so that was nice.

And of course, the view was spectacular. I don’t get to the top of a mountain very often, but I think I might start to make a habit of it. The 360 degree views are just spectacular, and there is a great sense of accomplishment when you reach the top. I highly recommend the experience.

Up the Hill

The beginning – it went up

Further Up the Hill

Pressing forward above the tree line

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At the top! With Crow Glacier in the background

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Feeling Accomplished and proud to support the Braves

Morgan on Avalanche Peak

Morgan looking awesome

We can’t wait to do the Kepler track! Will have some incredible pictures (supposing we don’t walk in the rain for 3.5 days!) and I look forward to conquering some more mountains!

  • http://www.facebook.com/adam.yearwood Adam Yearwood

    Just wondering how did these mountains compare to Kosovo’s?

    • http://www.livefullyblog.com/ Evan Forester

      Good question! They are actually pretty similar in size I think. Although these ones have much better defined trails then Kosovo had, so it makes hiking a bit better.

  • Taylor Fontenot

    We absolutely LOVED the Kepler Track – my favorite track in New Zealand! Hope you have crystal-clear weather for the 360 degree views!