[Due to technical problems (i.e. an incompetent user) the original blog for trip 3 was truncated. Here is the remainder.]
As we climbed towards Mt Burns, we hit the mist layer. So there wasn’t much point in going to the summit of Mt Burns. We sidled across its southern face, initially through some lovely tarn basins.
Autumn isn’t a great time for wildflowers, but we were lucky enough to see some.
Something weird and wonderful!
New Zealand edelweiss
The tarn basins didn’t last… We were down to GPS navigation on steep slopes amongst rocky bluffs in the mist. A fair amount of backtracking and swearing later we regained the Burns-Eldrig ridge… And were greeted by a patch of sun. A small flat spot was an inviting campsite (and probably the only one for some distance). It was very exposed – big dropoffs to the north and south.
Fortunately the weather was on the improve. The night was a test for our “lightweight summer rig”, i.e. sharing one rectangular sleeping bag spread across the top of us. The tent froze and so did we.
But a sunny morning thawed us out.
And revealed our spectacular position on the ridge.
Mt Burns from our campsite
Looking NW towards Mt Titiroa.
The climb to Mt Eldrig was pretty straightforward. The bluffs can be skirted on the south side.
The eastern side of Mt Eldrig has some beautiful tarn basins.
Note the resting stag.
After some geographical embarrassment, we picked up the Mt Eldrig track and descended to the Borland Road. A short walk (400m) up the road and we joined the South Borland Track. It passes along some amazing sandstone cliffs and large totoras.
The track ends conveniently back at Borland Lodge, our start point.