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: https://youtu.be/z3B0ujWs3jo
Max elevation: 1998 m
Min elevation: 937 m