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Day 1: (Saturday 11/03/06) John B met us at Queenstown airport and we headed to the bus depot via the Queenstown Lodge (where we left our civilised clothing). To get to the Rees, our bus went to Glenorchy at the head of Lake Wakatipu where another bus took us to Muddy Creek carpark. From there one follows a 4 wheel drive track up the valley with the hills rapidly becoming mountains on either side.

Trampers 112 AR

Keith & Rees Valley 116 JC

The Rees Valley 120 JS

Steeper sides 125 KB

The valley floor become very swampy in places, but the worse sections have dry track if one wishes to climb up the eastern slopes a little.

Valley floor 127 KB

Eastern hills 130 KB

Above swamp 132 JS

Above floor 134 KB

The Otago Tramping Mountaineering Club 25 Mile Hut is sited on a grassy shelf and is not visible from the valley floor so Ian & Co went right past to the river. Permission from the Club was easy to obtain but the mice hadn't bothered to ask. Very rustic, and had it been a DoC hut, it would have been removed after Cave Creek. Out came the roll-up or inflatable mattresses! All food was hung on hooks away from the mice.

Back down 142 KB

Peak 145 KB

Back down Rees 149 KB

25 Mile Hut 150 KB

The rock chimney, the open toilet and the grand chasm just beyond all made for a memorable hut. Despite heavy rain in the night, we remained dry, so hopefully no-one decides to demolish it!

Inside hut 152 JS

25 Mile Hut 162 AR

Back down Rees 165 JC

Serious talk! 185 IB

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