Saturday, May 15, 2010

Climbing Mt. Victoria

Apparently the early colonialist had this novel idea: ring the city with public park, the Town Belt. This includes the 196 m Mount Victoria. I climbed into Charles Plimmer Park from Hay St, a less well-mainted entrance which was muddy, steep and slipery, so I wondered if this was the best plan, but soon I meet up with the main path which was still steep, but easy to follow. It was thick with fit Wellingonians jogging or mountain biking.

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Mid-way up the hill.
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Once I reached the top, I simply sat down for a bit, at the side of the road (where lazy people arrive by car or bus ;). Some guy in a camper van pulled a u-turn just so he could holler at me me, "Don't fall in. That might hurt."

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There's a monument to Antartic explorers at the actual look-out, and a canon by which early settlers set their watches.

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This is looking towards the South Island.
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NOTE TO SELF: Bring water and sunscreen when climbing mountains, you silly goose.

I took a grand total of zero photographs today. No, really. So, perhaps, I'll delay posting the rest of my Southern Walkway photos until later, so you can have a daily photo travelogue.

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