Day 6 - Milford Track day 3 Day 6 was all about the infamous MacKinnon Pass. I had some Uncle Toby's porridge for breakfast, which by the way was an awesome buy and I'm really glad it was recommended to me by that cute girl back in Queenstown. It was also very cloudy out and the ranger warned us again about rain; I hoped that none would come, but had all my waterproof gear in an easy-to-get-to part of my backpack just in case. Then it was time to actually cimb the damn thing. Here's some more mediocre warpus videography and commentary: Link to video. The climb was fairly steep at times, and I was tired from last day's hike, but I made the ascent into a bit of a game, which made the time pass surprisingly quick. My parents, you see, bought me an expedition style watch, which contained an altimeter, which is a device that tells you how high above sea level you are, if you calibrate it well enough. This just meant that I'd stop quite often and check my altitude, which doesn't really seem very motivational, but for some reason it was. It was cloudy like I said, and the conditions were not at all suited to photo taking... but here's one right before I got to the top. Nope, those aren't people I caught up to - those were people passing me. I'm a computer geek after all, not some sort of a superman. Made it to the top! After a 2 hour long climb. Behind me is a very steep cliff that leads almost directly down, as well as a view of the valley I would be hiking through later in the day. To get down there you had to make a huge detour.. but more on that later. Here's that steep cliff. Photo by that American guy, who's name I still haven't found in my notes... At this point I'm wearing my windbreaker, gloves, and a hat, because it got quite windy and cold. Here's a similar shot, but without me The MacKinnon Pass is a rather large place. The part you get to initially has that very steep drop facing the direction in which you'd want to ideally head in; you have to make a long detour to get down there. On the way you pass a couple lakes, a shelter, and a lot of beautiful scenery. A lot of little cool puddle lakes Here's me overlooking the place you first get to when you finish your climb. There's a memorial there, in memory of the discovery of the pass.