It was on the first day of a five day hike. I ascended Mount Bealey from Arthur's Pass along the Bealey track, then scrambled north to Mt Lyell, Avalanche Peak and beyond, ending the day at Crow hut. By then, my bananas were a bit mushy, so I ate all of them. I guess these things happen when you run (and slide) down a scree slope ...
In fact, I hadn't planned this, but as I got to Arthur's Pass a few days before, I went into the local DOC office, got to talking to one of the rangers and ended up getting invited to go along on this route with him and a few of his friends! That sounded like an excellent idea to me, so I happily accepted. My original plan had been to go up by the Avalanche Peak Track instead, but over Mt Bealey was much better.
I would continue deeper into the wilderness by myself the next day, the others would hike back out from Crow hut. They were great company!
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