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Ben Lomond Trek – Queenstown, NZ

April 23, 2009

Day 2 in Queenstown was a hiking day.    I can’t remember where or who suggested the Ben Lomond Trek.   It was a good recommend day hike.   We were told that you can go to the peak if you wish at 1750 meters.    We were also told that it was well marked and easy to follow, but plan on a full day if you plan to make it to the top and back.    We packed our stuff, walked to town and started our walk.

Some folks take the Gondola ride to the top and start from there.   We decided to walk the access road and save a our money.   All I can say is holy cow the road is steep.   It was a brutal climb.  The road then turned to trail.  The further we got out the more we were amazed with the beauty of New Zealand.

Look at that beauty!

Look at that beauty!

After several tough hours we reached the spine.  As we crested the spine the rest of the mountain range came into view.  Wow!

Oh my, I wonder how far those mountains go?

Oh my, I wonder how far those mountains go?

We were alone in such a beautiful place.   No cars.  No noises.  No airplanes.  All senses were in tune with nature.  Our eyes witnessed stunning beauty.   Our skin felt the cool wind.   Our noses took in the fresh and pollution free air.     We just stopped and enjoyed lunch here.   It was here we fell in love with Cadbury Fruit and Nut chocolate bars.  After lunch we walked up the spine a bit toward the peak.

Jen stands in front of Ben Lomond peak (1750m)

Jen stands in front of Ben Lomond peak (1750m)

As we went further, the trail turned to snow and ice and we were not prepared for it.  We looked up and saw a couple of other hikers nearing the peak.    Not willing to push on, we turned around and started descending.   Again, stunning beauty.  We took it all in step by step.  Near the bottom of the trail, we took a different route down, the One Mile Creek walk.

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As we walked back through town, we were exhausted.   This “walk” was what we hoped we would experience on this trip.   We were absolutely crushed by the hike and could barely walk the next day.    Those aches and pains are small sacrifices and can’t come close to matching the memories of this day.

Little did we know this would not be the hardest hike of the trip…….

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 23, 2009 6:43 am

    Stunning. I can’t even imagine the feelings you guys must have had there. Thaks for sharing the beauty of New Zealand.

  2. John permalink
    April 23, 2009 1:12 pm

    NZ has always been at the top of my list for visiting…you’re making me lust even more now.

  3. Gnat permalink*
    April 23, 2009 4:49 pm

    John – NZ needs to be on your list. You also need to find a way to cross it off.’

    GT – Thanks. It was an amazing feeling sitting on that saddle and looking at that expansive mtn range. Can’t wait to catch up after TI5.

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