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ZL4NVW  -->  Subject: 600 DOC huts. Thanks for the company and contacts

Hi All,

Thanks for the many contacts any your company through the last 32 days in the backcountry  It's been a very successful trip. Whilst I didn't reach the fabled Ivory Lake Hut (stopped 2km short by hard, blue ice) I did get to visit 42 DOC backcountry huts, spend 25 nights in either huts or camped high on ridgelinea, and 'bag'  22 huts for HOTA.

You company throughout has been very welcome -as have the efforts of the many others who have been backcountry in the same period.

Last night at Spurs Hut was the 600th DOC hut I've visited - and it was good to share that milestone with so many of you (and in atypical celebration: with a couple of beers,  rump steak, mash n veg - and to hell with weight considerations). 600 huts down, ~350 huts to go. At 45 year old and counting ... will i get to all ~950 or keel over first? Watch this space.


Go QRP, Go Bush!


Matt - ZL4NVW