COUGH SPLUTTER! Right on cue so it seemed, in the second half of May an unusually long calm clear spell of weather had materialised over the period my climbing buddy James and I had scheduled to visit the Nelson Lakes. Our plan was to walk into Upper Travers Hut on day one, climb Mount Travers via the south ridge on day two, cross Travers Saddle and head around to Sabine Hut on day three, and walk out to Saint Arnaud on day four. But COUGH SPLUTTER!

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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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