The Milford Track in Fiordland - the best walk in the world?

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The Milford Track in Fiordland - the best walk in the world?

The last few weeks have seen Stuffucanuse stagnate while I have been away hiking what is arguably the best walk in the world - the 33 mile Milford Track in New Zealand.

This recent article talks about the track and one persons experience of it. There are two ways that you can walk it, either with someone taking all your gear, and you just having a 'walk' or by carrying all your necessities yourself. We carried it all in :)

This is a good background article on the track and the experiences of an American walking it (guided - without carrying anything)
 http://travel.nytimes.com/2...

We had the almost unheard of weather for the region, no rain. Usually it rains so hard that people can be up to their waist in water when walking.

The first 2 days we walked up a valley with perpendicular walls, and dense vegetation beside a ultra fresh and clean river/stream.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3423/3199773749_113e7dbc3c.jpg

Day 3 saw us reach the top of the valley which ended in a box, and then a climb of 800meters, over the McKinnon pass into another valley.

From the top of the pass back down the valley, unfortunately photos do little justice to such a huge landscape.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3081/3199739793_9429ea36b4.jpg

Here is the top of the McKinnon pass showing the other walls of the end of the valley.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3506/3200564224_37e0a3fc47.jpg

This shows the descent into the second valley, about 1/3 in from the left, and 1/3 up from the bottom is my wife walking the trail. It gives an indication how small you are on the landscape.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3122/3200560782_dcea873a18.jpg
 http://www.flickr.com/photo...

After that we spent another day walking down the valley and out to Milford Sound.

As yet unordered photos are here
 http://www.flickr.com/photo...

The link to the article comes via http://neatorama.com/

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By netchicken: posted on 19-1-2009








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