Saturday, March 26, 2011

a special week

What made it special? Some great one-on-one chats with ol' pals.. incl a NI
friend hardly seen since 1989... continued the conversation without a pause,
how cool is that? Love and appreciate my Southland friends too. Thanks!

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Nine lively cyclists from Auckland

Good company last evening - stalwart cyclists on their way to Stewart Island
- some can boast of past high achievements in sport, eg former world champ
life-saver, former national mountain bike champ, former national triathlon
champ. Weather for them this a.m. was extreme! High winds, driving rain.
They joke: "Pain is just Fear leaving the body"!

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

1975 - Aswan - Margaret with three Czech mountaineers OTOKAR VOJTISEK, Jaroslav and Bernard. They had been in Ruwenzori, climbing. We had come overland from Juba with Finn Anderson of LWF, to Khartoum and thence by train to Lake Nasser and on to a brand new ferry.

Margaret settled in Nairobi, Bernard died in his own beloved mountains a few years later, Jaroslav is in Germany and Oto in Czech republic, travelling every year to Africa still - it's great to be in touch with you Oto!
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Thursday, March 3, 2011

4 C's 'conquered' the Routeburn Track.....

..No, The Routeburn Track 'allowed' us to pass through and over. Colin,
Christine, with Colin and Carolyn Campbell - yes two sticks each, needed
every step of the way.. it's not really a track, it's a boulder-strewn
stream bed with massive ups, downs and across shoulders of mountains. There
were dozens of people on the way, all cheerful as can be, remarkable
considering the full-on Fiordland rain. We had great company, excellent
tucker and comfy beds which kind of helped!

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