Don’t look down!
We weren’t sure if we were going to climb Roy’s Peak as the weather has been rather chilly since we started our journey in New Zealand. We made the decision the night before around 7pm to go to bed really early and drive to the beginning of the track for 4:30 am the next day, so we could catch sunrise at 7am. We read that the track took 5-7 hours round trip and thought that we would be able to make it to the top in time to see the sun.
We began our journey in complete darkness with only the light of our phones and the moon to guide us. Luckily the moon was extremely bright so we didn’t have any trouble in the dark, we even saw a shooting star! 3.5 hours later this was our view!
This track was probably one of the most difficult things I have done (Jamie) Amanda seemed to go up the never ending incline without any trouble, but 45 minutes into the trek I didn’t think I would make it to the top. The never ending slope was brutal on my knees and the constant pushing made my lungs burn. Without having Amanda by my side, I honestly don’t think I would have made it to the top.
In total we walked 23,670 steps, equivalent to about 14.5km and 270 floors according to the health app on my phone. And although this was probably the most strenuous activity I’ve done in recent memory, being able to see New Zealand from 5,177 feet up with the love of my life was absolutely worth the torture getting up there 🏔