Antipodean anticipation

Well, if all goes as planned, I’m off for New Zealand in February. It’s an Appalachian Mountain Club trip—same itinerary as last year’s offering, which I spent on the waiting list—of 12-15 people, including the two AMC first-among-equals-style leaders, who sound terrific. A few days each of hut-to-hut on the Abel Tasman, the Kepler, and the Routeburn tracks. Generally leery of group trips, I’m really looking forward to this one, and expect it to be cheerfully social and stunningly beautiful. As a book distributor I briefly worked for used to say, I can get down with that! I’m especially looking forward to the early-morning haka.

I’m thinking of buying new kit. All black, of course.

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