February 2019 – Nelson Lakes, especially Lake Rotoiti, is one of those picture postcard places that people pilgrim to from all corners of NZ, and from all over the world. It is instantly identifiable in a photo, the ‘ah THAT wharf’ moment. Parachute Rocks shadows this place, and my mate Pos and I had a grand auld time hauling ourselves up the steep climb to the ridge line, where we spent a great few hours along the tops and popping over the other side to the tarns nestled in the tussock grass. If we’d carried on we’d have ended up at Rainbow Ski Field, (sadly the pending gale force winds kept us a little conservative on this day). These mountains are amazing, that feeling of just walking forever.