It was the first day of a five day hike. I ascended 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.
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.
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!
Wonderful day traversing over from Avalanche Peak. The Class 3 ridge from Lyell reminded me of the Knife Edge on Katahdin. Super fun and I had the mountains to myself once I was off Avalanche Peak. Got dive-bombed by a New Zealand Falcon on the descent. Amazing day.
"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night, in the dusty recesses of their minds, awake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it reality."