After the busiest week in my recent working career the following week was a change of pace. I had an important social engagement in Christchurch mid-week so I had a few days, a car, and some enthusiasm to check out a few undocumented huts on my way south from Nelson.
There are four huts in the Lewis Pass region that I hadn’t visited in recent times: the Manson-Nicholls Memorial Hut at Lake Daniell, Nina Hut, Devils Den Bivvy, and, most awkward to get to, Pell Stream Hut.
I had three nights, and four possible huts to visit.
And on the last weeks of my annual Backcountry Hut Pass from DOC, so I didn’t need to pay extra for my accommodation.
The weather? Excellent.
The days were long. I was thinking, if I don’t get to Pell Stream this time around it’s unlikely I ever will. It’d then be the only hut at that end of Nelson Lakes National Park, or the Lewis Pass I’d missed out.
Better give it a crack.