Castle Hill Peak in a fog

Weirdly enough, this was my first climb to the Castle Hill Peak, probably the most popular high peak for Christchurchians. We started off at the Porters Pass car park, a neat carpark right on the top of the pass.

Up to Foggy Peak, it was just an endless slog but with Harish it always passes fast as we talk a lot. From Foggy Peak, the path gets a bit loose at places and it is possible to get lost in the fog. The last climb to Castle Hill is a serious rocky adventure and shouldn’t be underestimated, especially in the bad weather. The top of Castle Hill Peak was all covered in ladybirds. It was rather ankward to see them in such a high elevation.

On the way back, a fog came over and was with us for the rest of the day. I understand now where Foggy Peak got its name from!

Participants: me, Harish

Rough Stats: 11 km, 1300m up

Tramped on 16th January 2021.

Video from Harish:

Total distance: 11606 m
Max elevation: 1998 m
Min elevation: 937 m
Download file: GPX-hikingisgood-com-nz-2021-castle-hill-with-harish.gpx

About the Author

I lived a pretty ordinary life for a while. I did my studies, my second studies, my third studies, my first job, my second job, and my third job. I wasn’t really sure what’s going on so, in 2014, I left my home country (Czechia) to learn about the world. I’m still not sure what’s going on but I enjoy it much more. I lived in a few countries before settling in New Zealand.

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