That's a stupid question. Of course.
Here were the highlights of the Kepler Track:
- Dave's turn to get sick. He got it worse than I did. He's still sniffling.
- The alpine section of the Kepler wasn't as magnificent scenery-wise as the Routeburn, but I liked it even more. Instead of traversing the ridge on the slopes, you spend a lot of time walking across the tops. You get to see both sides and feel a bit of the exposure.
- The second night, we enjoyed really nice evening conversation with the other folks staying in the hut. It was all young people: Canadians, Germans, Aussies, a Brit, a Kiwi, and us Yanks.
- We ended up doing the Kepler in three days. The last day, it was supposed to rain and I hadn't washed up at all after nine consecutive trail days. I was ready to be out of the woods. We were going to combine the last two days (17 km x 2 = 34 km, or >21 miles), which was completely do-able, as it was through a flat river valley.
- In the end, our last day was about 25 km/ 15 miles. We came out at a different trailhead and hitchhiked back to the start. Dave ended up getting a ride with some of the Germans that had been in the huts with us. He picked up the van and then came to get me.