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Mt Alfred in Winter

Walking in the winter wonderland…with Dave Castonguay

The nice spring weather we’ve had in Queenstown in the last few weeks made me swap my snowboard for my hiking boots for a day. Why not keeping our legs warm and keep moving while waiting for it to snow! Only one hour away from town, Mt Alfred is a great workout and rewards you with stunning views at the top.

On the Glenorchy-Routeburn rd, look for an unmarked parking space on your right hand side. The trail starts with an endless zigzag in the forest which offers very limited views on the valley, but don’t give up! Once you finally get over the tree line, you only have to climb a short but steep rocky section to get to the summit. Proceed with care as it’s a bit icy and in some places you have to use your hands. At the top, the view is absolutely awesome: Mt Earnslaw, the Rees Valley, the Dart Valley and Lake Wakatipu… you’ll see it all!

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08/08/2013

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