Like I said in my post from Day 2, it rained all night so we knew we were in for a soggy hike on day 3. Luckily this was the shortest day in terms of distance. Also luckily we were under trees for the whole way. People going the opposite way as us were out in the open with no cover. The ranger said the trail going that way usually turns into a river on days like this one.
There were a lot of these swinging bridges on our hike. I would conservatively estimate that I pretended to be Indiana Jones on 2/3 of them. I felt that I had to.
Are you tired of waterfalls yet?
More bridges! There was a maximum occupancy warning on some of them. On one of the bridges we had 2 more people than the maximum occupancy warning said to, but I didn’t see the warning until after we crossed the bridge. Whoops.
Some soaked hikers finishing the walk.
Gross. How did that get in there? LOOK AWAY! We’re both holding our breath in this picture to avoid smelling the other.¹
After a very soggy 3 hours, we finished the walk just outside of Glenorchy which is a 45-minute drive from Queenstown. Luckily, Sarah had a friend doing the walk the same time as us so we just parked at opposite ends and switched cars at the end.
After getting back to civilization (if you want to call Queenstown civilization) we made the necessary stop at Fergburger where I promptly gained back all the weight that I lost during the trek.
After doing Routeburn I desperately want to do another great walk. Luckily we’re leaving on January 9th to do the Copland Track. I’m very excited to do it and share it with all of you.
1 – As stated in Day 1’s post… I smelled lovely at this point.
We only had Gordon’s camera out on that day, and even then we limited our pictures, so I don’t have anything to contribute in that sense.
Most people would assume that because it was the wettest, it was the least awesome day, but I have to disagree. Day three was actually my favorite in a lot of ways – our packs were lighter, the temperature was nice despite the rain, we saw some of the coolest views and because we wanted to get out of the rain our crew kept a nice pace.
But in summary… Routeburn was absolutely awesome and a perfect way to celebrate the holidays!