Conservation work, pt 2.

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7 days living and working off the Department of Conservation vessel 'Southern Winds' we took down the rugged Fiordland coast.

I have many favorite things about working on the pest eradication program down here, one of them is that everytime you step off the boat, you are probably the first human to get to experience that particular spot.

I have many favorite things about working on the pest eradication program down here, one of them is that everytime you step off the boat, you are probably the first human to get to experience that particular spot.

When you experience some of the vicious weather, it's easy to see why this is the wildest and most untamed part of NZ.  Not to mention the difficult access due to steep glaciated valleys and dense rainforest.

When you experience some of the vicious weather, it's easy to see why this is the wildest and most untamed part of NZ. 

Not to mention the difficult access due to steep glaciated valleys and dense rainforest.

The sun shone on our last day(:

The sun shone on our last day(:

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Up to 15m of rain annually.

Up to 15m of rain annually.

Untamed = untouched.

Untamed = untouched.

It's one of those places that despite the vast distances you cover, you won't see another soul, apart from the flourishing marine life of course.

It's one of those places that despite the vast distances you cover, you won't see another soul, apart from the flourishing marine life of course.

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Mt Olympus coaching weekend

On the opening weekend of our home club-field we decided to put on a free coaching weekend for 25 kids. We had some awesome conditions and had so much fun skiing with the younger crew.

The three of the other boys who were coaching, and Wiremu.

The three of the other boys who were coaching, and Wiremu.

The Mt Olympus access road. 

The Mt Olympus access road. 

Lake Coleridge.

Lake Coleridge.

Twilight powder skiing.

Twilight powder skiing.

The sphinx

The sphinx

Jamesa making the most of Sunday afternoon before returning to a week of lectures.

Jamesa making the most of Sunday afternoon before returning to a week of lectures.

It was an amazing experience for us to try and pass on some of our knowledge, and getting to see mirror images of us 5-10 years ago, sparked some cool energy.

It was an amazing experience for us to try and pass on some of our knowledge, and getting to see mirror images of us 5-10 years ago, sparked some cool energy.