When I was adolescent I used to look up to my older cousin Graham Ferguson as he was the real deal adventurer , an accomplished alpine climber and tramper extraordinaire. He has maintained his love of the outdoors and together with his wife Catherine they have explored many of the least travelled trails that NZ offers.
Have not seen Graham virtually for the last few decades – a working lifetime – but now that I have changed my occupation from ” beekeeper ” to “full time adventurer ” we are again becoming reacquainted.
They are traveling with a caravan too and we first made a rendezvous in a small town of Athol and had a night there. We spent time together exploring the Nevis road with its amazing views . We then headed to Lake Mavora while Graham and Catherine went up towards the Dart River .
xexcursion up the Nevis 4×4 high alpine roadWe headed back up to Lake Sylvan DOC campsite after hearing that Graham and Catherine had stopped there and were filling a caretaker volunteer role at that campsite .It is on the way up to the Routeburn track
Ferguson the stevenson vans – Camp SylvanThey took a little finding and we drove the 5th all the way up this increasingly narrow dense Beech forest all the way up to the start of the Routeburn before retracing and finding them down another secluded spot on the Routeburn flats close to Lake Sylvan.
Some impressive views of the Dart and the towering west side of mount Earnslaw.