Archive for March, 2016

Jeff here. This post is a long time coming. A guy from work and I have been wanting to climb Mt Oakden since winter but we haven’t been able to coordinate our schedules and weather to make the trip happen. So, three of us headed out early on the February 27th to start the 1150m climb. Mt Oakden is adjacent to Lake Coleridge and is fairly stand alone. Mt Oakden is a privately run station or farm so we started by getting permission from the station manager. We started at the second ford on Algidus Road because the bush looked slightly thinner. I think it paid off but it was very steep. See the map below.

Mt Oakden Map

We ran into a lot of matagouri bushes, which is a native New Zealand thorn bush which scratched us to bits. Once we got past the bush it opened up and was quite pleasent…until we got to the scree slope. We climbed the scree slope for about 200m (656ft) and for all those civil engineers out there, it was like a well graded AP65. That part was grueling and took about an hour.

IMG_7117The scree slope is looming ahead of us.

Once we got to the top of the ridge, the going got much easier but it did get windy.

IMG_7068Top of the scree slope. View of the Rakaia River.

IMG_7063Now for a walk along the ridge.

Along the ridge we found some some cool rock formations.


We finally made it to the top and the views were absolutely stunning.

IMG_7084The three of us at the top.

IMG_7087You can see the Rakaia River on the left and the Wilberforce River on the right.

IMG_7090The Wilberforce River.

IMG_7096Lake Coleridge and Peak Hill.

IMG_7106The confluence of the Rakaia and Wilberforce down below.

IMG_7112Mitchell getting psyched before descending the upcoming scree slope.


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Here are the last few monthly photo update of the boys.  Some how I didn’t get Feb 29 for E.  Ops.

Corbyn 26 Months Old (1)

C at 25 months old on January 14, 2016.

Corbyn 26 Months Old (30)

26 months old on February 14, 2016

Corbyn 27 Months Old (34)

27 months old on March 14, 2016

Elijah 3.7 Months Old (4)

3.7 months old on January 29, 2016.

I can’t believe we missed the leap year monthly photo!  So no 3.8 in Feb.

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Sorry for the delay, I started my classes.  So expect a mass posting in the next few days as I just finished my first assignment.

Our families’ final stop on our mini tiki tour was the beautiful Mount Cook.


This was one of my favorite baches ever.  It was situtated next to Lake Pukaki.  Talk about breathtaking views.


The first night, Jeff and Scott decided to hike up the 2,200 steps (that’s one way y’all) to Sealey Tarns.  The Mount Cook lily was in bloom too.


For our full day in Mount Cook the family walked the Hooker Valley Track.  E and C still enjoy holding hands when they want to.


Eulalia and E checking out the awesome views of Mueller Lake.  I would also like to note that as the positioning of the children looks extremely scary, it really wasn’t.  Some how we managed to escape Mount Cook without a family photo.  Oops!


After the hike, we stopped at the lavendar farm.  I just love the smell of lavendar.


We also made the typical stops on our way back to Christchurch, ie the Mount John Observatory, Lake Tekapo, and the Church of the Good Shephard.  E really enjoyed rotating the inside bar of the trig station here.  It was so loud!


Us on the top of Mount John.  Again, we didn’t get a family photo…so strange, esp for me!


I’m pretty sure passing the KiwiRail train was one of the biggest hits of our trip according to our boys.  E waved to the train and the train “choo choo-ed”  back.


Back at home there was lots of time to play as the weather wasn’t the greatest.  Clothes pins are always a joy to dig up with the digger.


Here E, C, Eulalia, and Scott were playing a boat game.


I just love this photo.


This is what it looks like from the other side.


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