Hi there, travelling enthusiast!
This is my very first post and I’m so excited! This post is all about the adventure we had when we went hiking to a mountain called Ben Lomond. It is 1,748 metres (5,735 ft) high and located in Queenstown in New Zealand. I have waited to get the time to write this particular post because I want to re-live this epic day. And more importantly re-live it without the sore ass and the sweat! I give this place a huge recommendation and hope you will get some inspiration to try out something like this.
My most important recommendation for this track is that you should be reasonably fit. I thought I was but I can assure you it’s a hard climb! I’m pretty sure I did all this year’s exercises on that one day. Ok, so the climb is hard but while fighting your way up you get to see really amazing landscapes. Taking pictures and enjoying the beautiful nature the Earth has to offer is the thing. Even though it takes the whole day and some extra effort to get to the top the 360 degree view is worth every step!
When we finally reached the top we were the only ones there. Actually we were only ones on the whole track because we didn’t see anyone coming up behind us and we hadn’t met anyone in a while. The only friends we got were these Alpine parrots also known as Keas.
First we were afraid of those big birds because they were coming way too close! One of them actually sat down on Lauri’s head… I was too slow to get that on camera -damn! After we got used to these birds it was a thrilling feeling to be able to photograph these funny creatures in their natural habitat.
We spent only a short moment on the top because it was freezing! We also had to hurry to get down before the dark. I gathered some advice for you so that you can avoid our mistakes.
Tips for one day hiking
Best tips for this adventure are quite simple. Firstly, pick a rain-free day. It’s windy up there and the track gets quite muddy and hard to climb on the top (especially the last 1.5h). This is mostly because of the melting snow and loose stones so it helps if there’s no rain added to that. The closer you get to the top the worse the track gets (or there is no track).
Secondly, take enough water (approximately 1,5L/pp) and snacks. We actually bought snacks for two but unfortunately packed only for one. We forgot one bag in the fridge and that was something we regretted!
Thirdly, wear comfy clothes, bring a hat and especially good shoes. Also a jacket with a hood (or a hoody underneath your jacket) is a good idea. My shoes were Merrel’s hiking shoes and they worked like a dream. Lauri got his basic Nike shoes (not meant for hiking) and those were a bit too slippery so pay attention to your soles! Don’t forget your camera and an extra battery. Cold, windy weather on top eats your battery quickly (my iPhone didn’t last for long).
Last advice is; Leave early enough. We left a bit too late and we got comments on our way up from the people coming down like: “Are you still going up, it’s getting dark before you get down!” which got us little worried. There was no way we would left this challenge half way so we just prayed that everything would sort out. We had packed flashlights so remember to take one just in case.
The good thing was that we got the perfect light on our way down. Oddly enough we managed to get down just in time and felt glorious! Well my toes were bleeding but at that point I didn’t care -euphoria!
Where to go:
Ben Lomond track – Queenstown (Otago) NZ
What to wear:
Check tips above!
What to do:
Hiking, picnic, photographing and enjoy the nature
More about our nature adventures here!
Until next time!