Work with me here – we’re singing again……to the tune of the Carpenters this time “on top of the world”…….
Such a feelings coming over me, I see wonder in most everything I see, not a cloud in the sky, got the sun in my eye and I won’t be surprised if it’s a dream…….I’m on the top of the world looking, down on creation and the only explanation I can see…….
Wozie! What a day – a typical West Coast winter’s day with clear blue sunny skies. While much of the rest of the country has rain, flooding and snow, here on the wonderful West Coast we are basking in the sunshine. I can gloat – we’ll get our turn for rain come Spring so Winter we live it up to the max.
Mt George – what can I say. I’ve blogged about it before but considering how gorgeous the views are and what a fab walk it is we don’t walk it anywhere near often enough. Stephen and I have made a pact though – we are going to be doing this much more often.
Our friends Bernie and Gerard from Franz Josef are visiting for the weekend and we were really hoping for a good day to take them to the top of Mt George. We can see it from home and it is just one of those walks you have to experience to believe. Looking from home it looks like it is going to be a mission – an all day mission. It is deceptive though and while it is a grunt getting up there, it is quite doable.
The track has got a little overgrown since we were last up here – it certainly isn’t a well maintained DOC track for all abilities. Following a ridgeline with steep drop offs and a crag in the rock you have to pick your way up. I wouldn’t say it is a walk for the faint hearted. Persevere though and you are well rewarded.
There are views after views after views. Don’t know about you but I never get sick of a sea view and these views do not disappoint. You can see to the north towards Punakaiki and Westport and back to the south towards Greymouth and Hokitika and the expanse of the Southern Alps including Mt Cook and Mt Tasman.
The hike starts with a bit of a bush walk, then out into mountain scrub. Track can be hard to see in places as easily overgrown – especially when it is just a few locals that go up here generally and it is up to us to maintain it. Next trip we’ll bring some loppers to cut things back a little. The cool thing is looking up and seeing just where we’re aiming for. Bit of a rock face to clamber around and then picking our way up the crag. Once here it is more open and loose shingle type rock. Extreme caution is required before we finally reach the top – the trig itself. Now we can see in all directions – even right over the back and into Mt Davy which is caked in a layer of snow. You wouldn’t know though, it is surprisingly warm up here and just beautiful…..
Truly beautiful. After some posing for photos and a bite to eat it is time to start making our way back down. Gently does it – I definitely find it easier coming up than going down. Funny sensation coming down when it is so open and you have drop offs either side – I feel like a giant. We all stay low to the ground and just take out time.
Before we know it we are back down into the scrub. We look back up – wow were we really just up there – cool!
Back into the trees and we pop back out at the roadside. Mission accomplished. Good job everyone. A nice morning’s jaunt.
Now back to the Carpenters and singing….
I’m on the top of the world looking, down on creation and the only explanation I can see, is that I live in paradise and I’m as lucky as can be, West Coast your beauty puts me at the top of the world.
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoy exploring the many wonders that make up the West Coast and sharing their adventures. Check out their other blog postings or activities page on their website for other suggestions for things to see and do when you visit the West Coast of the Southern Alps.