Here are the links to our two-part first installment, which also should be linked at the Friends of the Earth website by now. It’s up on

Part 1:

Part 2:

We just got off the Milford Track, “the best walk in the  world,” and were scheduled to hike the nearby Routeburn Track but it’s closed for avalanche danger. So we’re headed south the Catlin Mountains instead. More later.