I almost felt teary. Waves of nostalgia and vivid memories of little sons and my staffy Polly came flooding back as I trudged up the Gentle Annie Track. I felt like a passing observer going by Lookout Rock – the memories of my middle son Ed scurrying all over it were so clear. But that was more than a decade ago now. Ed is now at Otago Uni and Will into his Year 12 at Wellington College. Polly died over five years ago, though I still think of her most days.

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Peter Laurenson is a member of the Wellington section of the New Zealand Alpine Club and editor of FMC’s Backcountry.

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