Mount Roy stands guard over Lake Wanaka.
It’s 1,578 metres high and those who climb it are rewarded with panoramic views across the lake and up the Matukituki Valley to Mount Aspiring.
My first ascent of Mount Roy was with my best friend and her family when we were about 10.
A hundred or so metres short of the summit we were ready to give up but her father fed us chocolate and talked us to the top.
I’ve walked up several times since then, the last time was New Year’s Eve, 1999. I’ve contemplated climbing it again since then but never got further than good intentions.
However, those good intentions will translate into action soon because the friend with whom I first climbed the hill and I are planning to tackle it again this summer.
I’m taking my training reasonably seriously. It includes a walk up Mount Iron every morning and some days it feels harder than others.
That encourages me to keep training because it’s just 240 metres high and takes me about 30 minutes from the car park to the top. Last time I tackled Mount Roy it took about 3 1/4 hours and as I gaze across to it from Mt Iron I get the feeling it will have got stepper and higher since then.