Young - Wilkin - East Matukituki via Gillespie and Rabbit Passes

Day 2 - Gillespie Pass

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This was a wet, cold and windy day. The forecast was for the weather to get worse during the day - so we left the hut around 7:30am and walked up the valley.

Above - Chuin Nee and John just above the bushline

Above - looking up the valley

Above - further upstream

Above - walking up the valley

Above - heading up the spur to Gillespie Pass. We stopped at the bottom and put on extra clothes - overpants, gloves and beanies.

Above - I could work my camera wearing gloves - but it was a real chore to unzip the top of my parka, get the camera out and stop and take photos. The wind was very strong and you really needed your hands being available to grab things to hold onto during the strong gusts. Here we are a fair way up the ridge to the pass

Above - Just above the pass. A walker from another party - Hamish, looks back towards his two other party members - just visible in the middle of the photo. Rob is behind me and John and Chuin Nee are hidden in a depression below the second orange standard (route marker). This section was the hardest part of the day - as it was very cold and very windy. You really had to be careful not get blown right off the ridge. Three parties made it over the pass that day - out party of 4, Hamish's party of 3 and a solo walker. The other parties that had set out for the pass had (wisely) turned back. After this point - it was much less windy.

Above - lower down from the pass - Gillespie Stream

Above - On the way down to Siberia Stream

Above - Chuin Nee emerges from the beech forest onto the flats of Siberia Stream

Above - Rob heading down to the hut, an hour or so down the valley.

Above - Chuin Nee on the flats

Above - we reach the comfortable Siberia Hut

Above - Looking back up the valley

Continue to Day 3 - a day we spent at Siberia Hut

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