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Beyond the Stafford River

A path for 2018

This summer’s tramping season was truncated by Cyclone Fehi.

With 300 mm of rain on the way, after many of the first 38 days of my summer spent in gloom, I scurried back to Nelson.

I had planned on another month out there.

I missed out on those four weeks of thinking, and battery recharging time.

After a couple of months grinding out a solid work-for-money schedule, I kinda needed a break to work out what I needed to structure my life.

Eventually I found Easter was a useful excuse I could easily take a week off, and if I’m taking one, why not two?

I was heavily loaded up and almost exhausted myself wandering up Mt Richmond from Nelson, one day has more than 2000 m of climbing involved, then over to Lake Chalice with another long uphill slog.

Suddenly all my pent-up mental and creative energy was unleashed. I cranked out some good tramping blogs, and put together some thoughts for the year.

1. Quickly wrote out 10 blogs for this website.
2. Another six answers for Quora and 12 easy questions. I was on fire!!
3. Time to consider a re-design for this website.
4. Decided to launch two paperbacks this year, one, Heading West, quite soon.

That will give me plenty to do for the foreseeable future.

There is something about Mid Goulter Hut that seems to unleash my creative juices, and helps find my inspiration.

Maybe it’s just having the time pressures and stresses of everyday life finally dissipated once again.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 01 May 2018
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