Hello from St. Arnaud! We have trekked 159 kilometers, or 102 miles, from Havelock to St. Arnaud, putting us at kilometer 1928!
St. Arnaud is not a “town,” per say. The store is TINY and we were happy we sent ourselves a package of resupplies. Plus, we got a bonus package from my mom and some friends in Ohio!! We are staying at the lodge instead of the bunk room because the bunks were all booked.
We survived the Richmond Range!! For as long as I’ve been reading about the TA, I have been hearing about the Richmonds. This section has a reputation for being really rough. Even though it is less than 160 kilometers, there are several factors giving it the bad rep. Weather can play a huge role in the number of days it takes people to get through it. We lucked out tremendously with weather. Last week, people encountered snow. The highest elevation we hit was only 1731 meters (5700 feet), but there was a lot of climbing up and down, plus lots of above treeline exposure. This is the longest stretch we’ve done one this trail without any services too. We planned for 9 days, as per the suggestion in our trail notes in case we had to hunker down due to weather. It took us 7 days (and no hunkering down needed).