The Pinnacles

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The Pinnacles

The pinnacles track is in the coromandel forrest park on the east coast of new Zealand.
the track can be done in one 8 hour day or in two days with a night in the pinnacles hut or camp ground!
this is my story of the beautiful walk that it is!

i parked up at the end of the Kauaeranga valley road at the start of the track to the pinnacles hut. i began to bundle, cram and shove all of my gear witch had been floating around in the back of my truck, into my bag i was staying in a hut but i carryed a tent just incase, you never know when your the wildboy… i also decided i needed a watermelon a bottle of red wine some fresh meat and vegetables i also carryed the ordinary camp foods all up i had about 15kgs of food (i eat alot) and 14kg of gear.
it was still drizzling as i took the first step on what was going to be a easy 3 hour walk to the hut. 5 minutes in and i came across the first river crossing i walked through the water unsted of using the bridge. wet feet, now im truly reddy for the hike! the track was wet and slippery from the rain, that made it all the more exciting half an hour in and i came across the most beautiful stairs that had been carved out of the rock. The feeling of beautie quickly turned to the feeling of sorrow for the poor buggers that had to make the stairs and then turned into sorrow for myself having to walk up them! if there one thing i dont love its stairs! they climbed higher and higher it seemed like they were never going to end. i pushed on i new that eventually they would flaten out! something that stood out to me allredy was the lack of rubbish on the track. now normally when you walk a busy track it is literally hard to  spot the cleen bit of track but thought the pinnacles track it was clear. another thing that I relised was there were lots of birds, they were singing in the middle of the day it was wonderful! i can imagine even though i wasnt enjoying the stairs if they weren’t there it would be a very slow and strenuous trek up from the valley floor to the pinnacles!the sweat was running off my face and down my neck, the rain was saturating my clothes my Scarpa boots, the ones that took me around the coast of New Zealand were still just holding together, still keeping my feet dry. the ground started to flaten out. i realised i was at the top of the stairs. The track from here was beautiful! cobblestone paths layed by the kauri logers Sorounded by manuka trees and young kauri that were just old enough to create a tunnel. it was magic.

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i made my way up to the pinnacles hut were i met Pete the Ranger, what a cool guy he runs the hut and makes sure nothing is going wrong. it was still drizzling at this stage.
i wasn’t sure if i should just hike the last 45min up to the pinnacles or just wait till the morning. i looked up at the top and the jagged rocks were submerged in thick fog!
they were calling me. so i grabbed my camera and started running up the hill, it was muddy! i hit the stairs and slowed down theres only about 160 of them before you get to a iron ladder thats been bolted to a vertical rock wall up i went and then onto another one allmost immediately. the next bit of track has steel pins drilled into the rock. for the Less adventurous this track is amazing! It gives you the opportunity to push your boundaries and for the adventurous its even cooler there are places you can climb or jump that even the most crazy people, like me, would think twice before doing. I was up high in the fog, on the edge of nothingness looking down into the white infinity. here some would be frozen with fear stuck on the rocks but i was perfectly at peace with my surroundings.

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only two ways down. climb or jump.
the next morning when I woke, it was about 5:30 when I rolled over to look out the window and realised I could see stars! I jumped up grabed my bag and started running back up the pinnacles, with the hope that I was going to get an amazing sunrise! i planed to stay up in the hut for three days. the weather forecast was for three very different days of weather. The first day it was raining, the second day sun was shining and the third day there was a possibility of a thunder storm. everything was so exciting! i sat on top of the highest point waiting for the sun to show itself, just as it did the fog came up from the bottom of the valleys creating one of the most precious moments of my trip to the pinnacles in the coromandel!

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the sun is shining.
I spent that day exploring the surrounding area. climbing different Peaks to get different perspectives of the nature that was around me I came across beautiful waterfalls, ancient Kauri dams tree stumps that were biger than the biggest tree in new Zealand! the bush this thick and sharp and very damp. because it’s quite flat up on top it’s very swampy, as soon as you are off trail your up to your nees in mud!
every were i looked there was something else that amazed me.
just as i was walking back to the hut at the end of the day i large dragon fly flew past my head with a tui in hot Pursuit they went left, right, up and down and then the tui droped from above like a bomber and grabbed it. epic!
every night i was at the hut there were new exciting people to talk to! they all had great story’s to share thats what i love about huts! its never just you. there is just about allways someone to share your night with. i climbed up the pinnacles again today to watch the sun set it was once again so beautiful!

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most beautiful valley ever

on the way out I walked the Billy Goat track it is steep and slippery but the views you get are so beautiful. I walked with 3 tourists they were good company. that Day was epic! Massive waterfalls huge Canyons and relics of the past. we followed a river down until it dropped into the most beautiful valley i have ever seen cascading waterfalls everywere, we all striped off and went for a swim it was fantastic. the rest of the walk out was amazing too following the loging lines cut into the mountain. they used to haul logs on tracks. when i got to the bottom of the track i put my gear back in my car and headed of on the next adventure!

i was so amazed by my pinnacles experience that i decided to write this!!
i say this because i am no writer sure i have my own book (wildboy) but i wouldn’t call myself a writer. i am an adventurer whos sharing my adventures with you! i want to inspire and spark new ideas and tell you to live your dreams!

so all up the pinnacles have really blown me away with there beautiful diversity and there accessibility. Two and a half hours from Auckland And you can be geting deep into the Coromandel Forest Park, making your way up the Kauaeranga valley to the start of the pinnacles hike. you will be treated to some of the most beautiful views in the north island. you will feel like you can do anything after climbing up to the jagged raw summit of the pinnacles in the coromandel, new Zealand.

what are you waiting for get up there!

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2 Comments

  1. Leon W. says:

    Hey Brando,

    I don´t know if you remember me or not, but I´m the German metalhead that you met at the pinnacles hut. We made our way back down together and had a ridiculous nut-eating contest in the bush. We also tried to trap that other German guy we had with us in that toilet booth and failed hilariously, remember? I hope you do.

    I don´t really know what else to write so…

    All the best,

    Leon

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