Peak 1: Devil’s Rampart

I headed off to the mountains near Lewis Pass for the first of the 52 peaks this weekend; The Devil’s Rampart (1740m).

Being the first peak in the 52 Peak challenge, I wanted it to start with a bang and in stunning weather. It totally came true, it was beautiful weather (30C+) and there was barely any wind in the valleys; nor on the tops. After picking past Nina Hut in a couple of hours, we continued onto Devil’s Den Saddle Bivvy which was where I started my peak attempt.

Devil's Rampart
Devil’s Den Bivvy, Devil’s Rampart

The ridgeline was very rocky plus the tussocks got the best of me on the way up, rushing against the low evening sunlight; so managed to scrape through to the summit ridge and scrambled back down to the safety of the hut before dark. Not bad after an 8 hour scrambling hike through roots and river crossings.

The Lewis Pass is an area of New Zealand that I’ve not yet really discovered, I’m sure I will do in due course as there are literally hundreds of peaks nestled here between Hanmer Springs and the West Coast.


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