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Crown Range

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 Brackens Gully

Brackens Gully

 At the snowline, looking to Arrow Junction and Wakatipu beyond

At the snowline, looking to Arrow Junction and Wakatipu beyond

 Crown Peak views of Wanaka (that bluey valley) and the Pisa range (right)

Crown Peak views of Wanaka (that bluey valley) and the Pisa range (right)

 Evening setting in

Evening setting in

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 Crown Range Turk (not a yurt, not a tank) is a prototype hut built by Erik Bradshaw, situated on Glencoe station out the back of Arrowtown. Built as a ski-touring base for his family, friends and backcountry travellers, it’s also perfectly situated for overnighting trampers. The solar panels power heating, continuous ventilation, lighting and USB charge; this is absolute hut luxury, complete with an armchair and hut slippers. Not to mention that the practicals (gas/cooker and utensils) are taken care of. If I were to add anything it would be art, but then you have the form of those surrounding hills and that light…! The long way up (via Crown Peak) takes 3.5 hours, the short route 2 hours. You could follow the range northward to reach Cardrona in another 4 hours, via Mt. Sale.

Crown Range Turk (not a yurt, not a tank) is a prototype hut built by Erik Bradshaw, situated on Glencoe station out the back of Arrowtown. Built as a ski-touring base for his family, friends and backcountry travellers, it’s also perfectly situated for overnighting trampers. The solar panels power heating, continuous ventilation, lighting and USB charge; this is absolute hut luxury, complete with an armchair and hut slippers. Not to mention that the practicals (gas/cooker and utensils) are taken care of. If I were to add anything it would be art, but then you have the form of those surrounding hills and that light…! The long way up (via Crown Peak) takes 3.5 hours, the short route 2 hours. You could follow the range northward to reach Cardrona in another 4 hours, via Mt. Sale.

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 Happy Dave with Whittakers & whisky

Happy Dave with Whittakers & whisky

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Northern Territory

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 Larapinta Trail, Sections Four, Five and Six: Crossing the Chewings and Heavitree Ranges

Larapinta Trail, Sections Four, Five and Six: Crossing the Chewings and Heavitree Ranges

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 Lillies, Hugh Gorge. The first pond for 31 kms, 36 hours.

Lillies, Hugh Gorge. The first pond for 31 kms, 36 hours.

 Brinkley Bluff

Brinkley Bluff

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 On to Kakadu: Maguk waterhole. Full of fish and croc-free!

On to Kakadu: Maguk waterhole. Full of fish and croc-free!

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 Plumed Whistling-ducks, Yellow Water

Plumed Whistling-ducks, Yellow Water

 Yellow Water!

Yellow Water!

 Gunlom

Gunlom

 Katherine Gorge

Katherine Gorge

 No shortage of portage during the Dry - it probably took more time than the paddling. Luckily the whole thing is so spectacular, none more than the fifth and sixth gorges.

No shortage of portage during the Dry - it probably took more time than the paddling. Luckily the whole thing is so spectacular, none more than the fifth and sixth gorges.

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 Great Bowerbird (technical term), Litchfield National Park. Such an Attenborough moment watching him tenderly thatch this bower, which is a display chamber, not a nest, and fastidiously decorate it with green and white objects to impress the ladies. At the campsite that meant mozzie coils and discarded tinfoil, as well as the regular old shells and melaleuca.

Great Bowerbird (technical term), Litchfield National Park. Such an Attenborough moment watching him tenderly thatch this bower, which is a display chamber, not a nest, and fastidiously decorate it with green and white objects to impress the ladies. At the campsite that meant mozzie coils and discarded tinfoil, as well as the regular old shells and melaleuca.