We shall not cease from exploration -

And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started,

And know that place for the first time.

- T.S. Eliot

Jasmine Ayla is a free-lance writer, traveler and amateur photographer based out of Maui, Hawaii, USA.

The Liverpool Track continued

This hike has two modes; chilled out ambling and knee breaking scrambling. Both really fun and the latter leads to an epic sense of accomplishment. Liverpool hut isn’t quite as high as French Ridge hut but it makes up for it with the steepness and slippery shale. Your reward is a beautiful view of Mt. Aspiring and the valley below, best appreciated from the bathroom.

The first few hours of farmland on the way in and out were easy and fun – it was springtime, the trail was mostly flat, and there were hundreds of little lambs frolicking around and literally doing 2ft jumps of joy. The entrance to the valley is stunning, with the meandering blue-green river and mountains towering on both sides.

 

I pretty much hit my now standard 800 photos mark on this hike, and we had most of this all to ourselves – not many other hikers. My friend and I took the opportunity to look extra ridiculous with our headgear, and take excessive breaks with ‘no one watching’.  We also ran into an old guardian angel on the way down from the hut - he was a pretty cool mountain man who helped us navigate the tricky descent while smiling all the while, and made sure we got off the mountain in one piece. The hut itself is very cute with a huge deck from where you can watch the mountaineers come down from the peak of Mt. Barff. Spoiler: best hut bathroom in the world.

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