February 10, 2017
km traveled today: 15 km walked + ride around Rakaia River
total TA km: 2261
Today we got to sleep in a bit in the Harper River Campsite area where we had met Jack and Thomas the night before. Wayne from Alps2Ocean came in his van to drive a couple around the Raikia, and we were able to arrange a ride around the Rangitata with him. After some waiting, another gentleman came and gave us some petrol, free of charge. We all piled our gear into Roxi (van) and set out. Our first stop was Lake Coleridge Lodge to pick up our food box. They kept it there for us and charged $45 for the service. We then drove from Coleridge into Methven to get some snacks and more gas for Roxi.
Finally ready, we left Methven and began our long and rocky drive to the trailhead.
The first portion of the day was very North Islandy, with a lot of cows and styles to hop over.
The climb up to the saddle was gorgeous in the beating sun, and involved pretty consistent switch backs climbing upwards. We made our way down, and made a few stream crossings on our way to Comyns hut, where we arrived at ~6pm.
The hut only had two bunks left, so Shepard and Thomas took the beds, while the rest of us set up tents. Good water access at stream only ~50m from hut. Cheesy couscous for dinner, and then Hearts in the MSR tent. Already seems like Thomas and Jack are going to be a fun addition.