‘What the …’ Instead of water my mouth piece delivered air. But I’d just fed 1.5 litres from the extra water bottle I’d been lugging uphill for the last five hours into my camelback. Water dripped from the base of my pack onto the dry ground of Neill. ‘Oh no!’

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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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