Mt Iron

Last night’s starry sky brought the promised frosty morning and it was -2 when we started up Mt Iron at about 8am.

This hill on the outskirts of Wanaka is one of the town’s many assets. In summer hundreds of people walk up it each day, this morning we passed just four.

It’s very easy to laze around when we come over here so if we tackle Mt Iron every morning we can have a clear conscience if we do nothing more energetic for the rest of the day.

We take the longer and steeper route up the eastern side, because it’s better exercise and then we get the glorious views over the town and lake as we come down the other side.

I time myself from the carpark to the top and when we were here for a couple of weeks in summer I managed a personal best of 28 minutes & 2 seconds. But winter sloth has eroded my fitness and this morning I was back to 31:10. To put that in perspective, some people can run up and down the hill in less time than that.

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