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After an unfortunate trampoline accident....

Walter Peak walk.

After an unfortunate trampoline accident left me with a bruised thumb and unable to ride my bike (again) I found that I was fresh out of excuses and finally my girlfriend, and general life inspiration, was going to manage to drag me up the mountain that has been dominating the view from our front room window for the last year, Walter Peak.

Walter Peak Tom Lamb Outside Sports NZ

A quick few phone calls and it was all arranged, a friend would give us a lift over in his boat and then we had seven and a half hours to get up, back down and around the bay to Walter Peak station to catch the TSS Earnslaw back to Queenstown. If we missed that boat we had the choice of calling Taz to get his boat back in the water and come collect us, or waiting until the 9:15pm boat back, neither of which I was all that excited about.

Walter Peak Tom Lamb Outside Sports NZ

The walk up took us less time than we had anticipated with very little that could have gone any more smoothly. Once we got near the top the route we had seen described was quite clear and with a little bit of scrambling we would make the summit in a little over 3 hours.

It felt so good to look back at our house from the top and see the view looking in the opposite direction to the one we are so familiar with.

Walter Peak Tom Lamb Outside Sports NZ

Next came the walk down. My least favorite part of any walk in the hills. The scrambling was a little more awkward in the reverse direction but still something that a novice mountaineer such as myself could do without any problem. Once that part was over it was just steep tussock bashing for a few hours, by the end of which my quads were ready to give up. However I managed to struggle on and get to the lake shore. The thirty minute flat walk back around the bay to Walter Peak station was far easier and probably did my legs a little good in the long run, it didn’t seem like it at the time though!

Walter Peak Tom Lamb Outside Sports NZ

We got to the end of our walk with over an hour to spare so sat on the beach and finished our snacks waiting for our boat to come in, a short trip back to Queenstown and we found our way to Atlas beer cafe for some hard earned beer and chips.


By Tom Lamb

Photo Credit: Tom Lamb


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