Well it happened today, we finally made it up mt Hutt (also known as mt shut).
Not without its hiccups we started the trip up the mountain and the car started to get a bit warm, so we turned back and jumped on one of the shuttles, but lost a little time. (but did give me chance to rent some better gear from the shops in town)
Summit lift was closed at first due to winds, but after a quick run down the quad lift it opened…….and i was on the second chair!
A nice surprise was the area being populated by a gang of Kea, a mountain inhabiting parrot, who is the size of a chicken, and also happens to be the worlds smartest parrot. Being the super villain of the parrot world the use these characteristics for evil, namely breaking into cars and bags in search of food.
if you have a moment watch this short from the BBC, gives you an insight into the Kea. (youtube is full of videos of the breaking into stuff.)