The trail finishes at the Bealey Hut that was built in 1935 and sleeps 6 if that’s your thing. Last visit was during a snowy Winter, and I feel that this Winter I’ll visit again and meditate with the huge fire place that’s the highlight of this historical hut.
bealey spur track
On the weekend I headed out to Arthurs Pass to ground myself amongst some giants on the Bealey Spur Track. The last time that I did this track was in maybe 2012. The trail is rated as difficult, and was rooty, steep and greasy as it passed through beautiful and majestic forest, swamp and barren loose rocky ridges.
I chatted with trampers on route, felt the warmth of the Springtime shift and got a good dose of Vitamin D. It felt fantastic to bag some peaks too. I ended up walking past the hut though some very boggy ground, and up to a stunning ridge line surrounded by snowy peaks and valleys. At 1545M and 5pm I decided to head back and not get caught in the dark. A good move too, as the decent on 3 hour climbing legs was challenging and on the steep, rocky and Rooty trail, that took a further 2 hours to get back to my van. I made a good call on this tramp too, by taking my poles, that helped both up and down. I could have done with more food though as it ran out by the time I got to the high point. These images capture the scale of the wonder, as well as the topography of this region as part of a wider project spanning 2021/ 2022. I’m loving shooting more black and white again too.