This was supposed to be a day trip to Powell Hut but stink weather conspired against us and it ended up being a leisurely stroll up the Gentle Annie to Mountain House and then down to Atiwhakatu Stream and back to the carpark.
The Gentle Annie track to Mountain House is a highway. It was packed. A lot of people coming down from Powell having spent the long weekend there.
Note to self: stay out of Holdsworth area on long weekends.
Stuff we learned on this trip:
Walking poles are ace: Rich had a couple and they are pretty choice.
Lightweight is king: walking with no weight is so much more fun than carrying epic packs.
Richidity is key: make sure you stay clenched through the buttocks and core, but not too clenched. Keep your Richidity under control!
Signposted times are pretty generous. We did the whole loop in 3.5 hours including stops.