|Posted: 05 June 2008 at 9:39pm | IP Logged
Well what can I say apart from it was an absolutely brilliant experience:
The challenges of the trek were great and very diverse, the scenery in the Abel Tasman was stunning, unfortunately the weather was not too kind during the first part of the trek but it did pick up after the third day. The camping part was another challenge in itself!! Nothing much to say about this part of the adventure just something to be gotten through and laughed about after the event.
Each day brought new challenges, the estuary crossings were very different from anything you might experience in the UK especially if you are a "townie". The beaches because it was NZ Autumn were deserted and really peaceful (well apart from us tramping over them).
Our first two nights camping were not the best experience as there was no hot showers at the campsite but there were proper toilets so not too much hardship.
Our guide Mary was great, she had a good sense of humour (which was definitely needed) and was also very helpful and extremely easy to be around.
The food was of a very high standard and Jenny who did the cooking and fed us so well was deserving of a medal. She not only fed our bodies but lifted our spirits as well.
We were very lucky with the doctor who came with us on the trip she was a lot of fun - in fact the whole group got on really well and we managed throughout the time to support each other as and when it was needed and everyone had a really good time.
This was definitely one of the most amazing experiences of my life and I will carry not only the memory of it with me always but also be thankful for new found friends.
We were a group of people each doing the challenge for different causes but we shared an adventure which I am sure will live with us through the years to come.
I wish everyone who takes part in this challenge or similar challenges good luck and hope they get as much out of it as we all did and enjoy the experience that this particular challenge offers.