Queenstown via Ferrata - New Zealand

Risk/reward are not two side of the same coin - equal in measure. More like to ends of the same stick. The further along the stick the fulcrum slides the less that remains on the other. That’s why a small risk hike to a beautiful summit can still yield immense reward, and a high risk climb can leave you breathless and glad to be alive totally stealing the reward. At least that’s how it works for me.

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Brow Peak (attempt) - New Zealand

The views are breathtaking as the weather continues to be crystal clear and visibility is as far as the eye can see. Off trail now we scramble to a rocky ridgeline peak and decide to eat lunch.

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Gold Panning in Arrowtown - New Zealand

We walked around the shop and upon exiting noted the gold panning demonstration going on. We watched as gold flakes appeared in the bottom of pans and we were hooked. Nineteen dollars later and we were the proud owners of our own gold pan and heading toward the river.

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Mount Crichton Loop Track - New Zealand

It’s hard to explain a really nice hike to someone. Is it chance that we have the trail to ourselves? The gentle rain has stopped as we strip off our rain jackets and pack them away. Is it a mindset that the rugged beauty of this area strips away the stress of the world? It’s hard to say but one thing is for sure, you know it when you feel it.

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Judah Track - Glenorchy, New Zealand

The State mine Viewpoint is stunning and offers incredible views toward Mount Edward, but the tailing pile is a bust. Whatever the process used to extract the Scheelite is a crushing process and the tailing pile is nothing but crushed rock with nothing of value for Linda’s projects.

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