On Tuesday, three traversers (Lydia, Allan, and Alexis) arrived in Arthur's Pass to be met by Michael and ferried back to Christchurch. On Sunday, four traversers (Lydia, Allan, and Alexis, joined at long last by Mark) returned to Arthur's Pass to head into the mountains again.
And between Tuesday and Sunday? Details of the next phase of the trip were ironed out, and the pleasures of civilized society were enjoyed. Gear repaired, maps procured, friends visited, beers consumed, tales recounted...you get the idea.
In all that logisticking and socializing, there wasn't time to post a complete update to this blog. There was, however, time for a quick message from each team member. So without further ado, here are a few (very few. Apologies in advance for the brevity.) words from the South Island Traverse Team:
Mark is ready for the coming adventure. "I'm looking forward to joining the team."
Lydia tells it like it is. "Morale is high. We've had good weather, we've had bad weather."
Alexis elaborates. "The trip so far has featured a lot of reading, a lot of hut time. In the next phase, we're looking forward to getting the chance to get up some big country, to (as Allan would say), 'climb some shit.'"
And Allan rounds it off. "Let's rock n roll, bitches."
And with that, Lydia, Allan, Alexis, and Mark are off for the next stage of their journey.
PS: As usual, this is a story both of the traversers and the team supporting them. For the first few days of this stage, a few supporters were able to come along and join in summiting Murchison...or at least wish them well on their way.