Gog and Magog

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    Tony Gazley
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    Gogs Rakiura Route Map


    Camp at head of Cook Arm

    Day 1. Campsite at head of Cook Arm.

    Climbing to Magog

    Day 1. On the way to Magog.

    Summit of Magog

    Day 1. Nearly at the summit of Magog.

    The windy summit of Magog

    Day 1. It’s a bit windy up here….

    On the summit of Magog - North Arm behind

    Day 1. On the summit of Magog. North Arm behind.

    Weathered granite rocks on Magog

    Day 1. The weirdly weathered granite of Magog.

    On Magog - Gog partly hidden in cloud centre

    Day 1. On Magog. Gog partly hidden in cloud centre background.

    Weird rocks on Magog

    Day 1. Among the weird rocks near the summit of Magog.

    Heading back to camp at Cook Arm

    Day 1. Heading back to camp at Cook Arm.

    A cramped camp in the scrub at Cook Arm

    Day 1. A cramped camp in the scrub at Cook Arm.

    The kitchen at Cook Arm

    Day 1. The kitchen at Cook Arm. Xmas dinner.

    The view from the kitchen. Gog right.

    Day 1. The view from the kitchen. Gog at right.

    Heading towards Gog

    Day 2. Heading towards Gog.

    Gog from near Magog

    Day 2. Gog from near Magog.

    Beneath the summit of Magog

    Day 2. Beneath the summit of Magog.

    Too nice a day to hurry

    Day 2. Too nice a day to hurry.

    On the lower slopes of Gog

    Day 2. On the lower slopes of Gog. Magog right of centre.

    The lower slopes of Gog. Cook Arm and Pacific Ocean in distance

    Day 2. The lower slopes of Gog. Cook Arm and Pacific Ocean in distance.

    On the summit of Gog. Magog left of centre, Cook Arm right of centre

    Day 2. On the summit of Gog. Magog left of centre, Cook Arm right of centre.

    On the summit of Gog

    Day 2. On the summit of Gog.

    On the summit of Gog. Magog left, Cook Arm right, the Tin Range distant left skyline

    Day 2. On the summit of Gog. Magog left, Cook Arm right, Tin Range distant left skyline.

    On the way back to Oban. Heading down Cook Arm at low tide

    Day 3. On the way back to Oban. Heading down Cook Arm at low tide.

    Cook Arm mud-flats at low tide

    Day 3. Cook Arm mud-flats at low tide.

    Crossing Cook Arm at low tide. Gog (left) and Magog in distance

    Day 3. Crossing Cook Arm at low tide. Gog (left) and Magog in distance.

    Weathered rocks and a bonsai tree

    Day 3. Weathered rocks and a bonsai tree.

    Mud, shells and algae

    Day 3. Mud, shells and algae.

    Getting deeper nearer the ocean

    Day 3. Getting deeper nearer the ocean.

    Near the start of eastern Cook Arm

    Day 3. Near the start of eastern Cook Arm.

    At the end of eastern Cook Arm just before the tide stated to rise rapidly

    Day 3. At the end of eastern Cook Arm just before the tide stated to rise rapidly.

    Taking a break before heading to Bens Bay

    Day 3. Taking a break before heading to Bens Bay.

    Damage control at campsite beyond Bens Bay

    Day 3. Damage control at campsite beyond Bens Bay.

    Campsite gear explosion

    Day 3. Campsite gear explosion.

    Stream dropping over Belltopper Falls

    Day 4. Stream dropping over Belltopper Falls. We camped next to the stream after a tough day of bush-bashing. We did get to see kiwi though.

    At North Arm Port Pegasus

    Day 5. At North Arm Port Pegasus with the worst of the bush-bashing behind us. Illona tends the fire to cook a fish and some cockles given to us by a kindly fisher passing by in his boat. The bricks are from one of the late 1800s buildings on the site – possibly the hotel.

    Left to right Kate, Illona Megan, and Tony. Well feed, and happy no more bush-bashing. Although we were nearly flattened by a very large and angry sea lion that crashed through our camp the next morning as we had unknowingly camped on its haul-out track

    Day 5. Left to right Kate, Illona Megan, and Tony. Well feed, and happy there’s no more serious bush-bashing. Although we were nearly flattened by a very large and angry sea lion that crashed through our camp early the next morning. We hadn’t realised we had pitched our tents right on it’s haul-out track – and it wasn’t going to stop just because we were there.

    View accross Port Pegasus to the remaining foundation wall of the early 1900s fish processing factory (centre)

    Day 5. View accross Port Pegasus to the remaining foundation wall of the early 1900s fish processing factory (centre).

    Lunch at the tin miners' dam on the way to the Tin Range

    Day 6. Lunch at the tin miners’ dam on the way to the Tin Range.

    On the Tin Range

    Day 6. On the Tin Range. Gog right of centre.

    North along the Tin Range. Mt Allen centre skyline.

    Day 6. North along the Tin Range. Mt Allen centre skyline.

    On the Tin Range

    Day 6. On the Tin Range.

    South from the Tin Range. Gog just visible right of centre.

    Day 6. South from the Tin Range. Gog just visible right of centre.

    A rare fine day on the Tin Range. Mt Allen centre.

    Day 6. A rare fine day on the Tin Range. Mt Allen centre.

    Granite Knob

    Day 6. Granite Knob.

    Climbing Granite Knob

    Day 6. Climbing Granite Knob.

    South east from Granite Knob.

    Day 6. South east from Granite Knob.

    Un-named tarn below Mt Allen

    Day 6. Un-named tarn below Mt Allen.

    Un-named tarn below Mt Allen.

    Day 7. Un-named tarn below Mt Allen.

    Sidling Mt Allen

    Day 7. Sidling Mt Allen.

    Blaikies Hill.

    Day 7. Blaikies Hill.

    Kiwi print and beak holes

    Day 7. Kiwi print and beak holes. While we didn’t see the kiwi on the Tin Range we spied dotterels and plenty of lizards thanks to the dedication of trappers who ‘ring-fence’ the area with 1080 fish baits to control the feral cats that plague the island.

    North from Table Hill. Ruggedy Range left skyline.

    Day 7. North from Table Hill. Ruggedy Mountains left skyline.

    Somewhat battered but very happy. Megan, Illona, Kate, Tony.

    Day 7. A bit battered but very happy. Megan, Illona, Kate, Tony.

    Just another Rakiura Day

    Day 7. Just another Rakiura day.

    Camp below Table Hill.

    Day 7. Camp below Table Hill.

    Tony, Megan and Kate abandon the shortcut across South West Arm while Illona continues but then gets stuck.

    Day 8. Tony, Megan and Kate abandon the shortcut across South West Arm while Illona continues but then gets stuck.

    Illona concedes she needs help when she realises she is sinking faster than she can dig.

    Day 8. Illona concedes she needs help when she realises she is sinking faster than she can dig.

    Free

    Day 8. Free.

    Illona

    #46693 Reply
    Mr Trogg
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    An interesting log of a slog through the bog to climb Gog and Magog. I’m agog. (Though the story could have done with a dog.)

    Mr Trogg

    #46726 Reply
    Hugo Hampstead-Smyth
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    The rules of the decalog would not permit a dog – or a hog.
    But wouldn’t you rather be drinking grog or having a snog than writing replies to the WTMC blog?

    #46729 Reply
    Phineas Fogg
    Guest

    Then how about a frog? Did you see any frogs in those bogs by the Gogs?

    #46732 Reply
    John
    Guest

    Or maybe a hedgehog on your slog to reach Gog (they are on the Island and are a serious pest together with rats and cats around the mudflats).

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