Paradise Trip - beauty with a debilitating price

Trip Start Jan 13, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, March 20, 2006

Yeah. Paradise was awesome. 70 trekkers (trampers in kiwi) drove directly west from dunedin towards 'Lord of the Rings' territory. We arrived in the middle of the night and slept under 'flies' (a tarp over 7 of us, with nothing but our sleeping pad below us). Everybody woke and broke off into groups arranged by skill/fitness to several different peaks. My group of seven was awesome, included was a german, austrian, dutch, american, kiwis and canadians. It was unbelievable, every 20 minutes the environment took on a whole new landscape, from rainforest to rocky remnants of glaciers from an unimaginable past to a dead forest, and even a dead cow! Once you get above the paddock ranges all water is drinkable from streams, its a great feeling to cup water from a waterfall creek and drink out of your hands... except until you realize your shoe was in the water and your foot is wet and your hands are freezing.

The trek was five hours up and down (more than enough time to consider if hiking is who i am or who i'm trying to be). but upon getting back it all made sense, and so did the ridiculous drinking. alas, when i joined my new commrades in the boozing i managed to twist my (feeble) ankle. So i was limping around and decided to do the responsible thing and drank near the river with some others while my ankle lay in the freezing water. The night continued nonetheless and culminated in worming fights (people in sleeping bags zipped up trying to hop at each other and knock the other down). Driving home, even with a thudding and rather unsexy ankle i was smiling - it was paradise albeit with a bit of pain (paradise with a bit of reality is alright i guess!).

So i limped around for a week, went to physiotherapy and am actually recovering quite well. Well enough in fact to sign up on another tramping trip. ha, stupid yes, but it worked out, so there!
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