Winter has been slow to take hold in my local hills at the northern extremes of the southern alps. We have had some good dumps of snow over the last few weeks, each one causing a buzz of excitement and a hope that the temperatures will stay low enough to herald a start to winter 'proper'. But each time the cold fronts have been followed by rain and warm northerlies, leaving only the highest peaks clad in snow. Still, over the last few weeks of hiking, biking and especially paddling, it has been cold enough to feel like the start of the season.
Crossing icy streams is becoming less appealing
We are still getting away with unlined trail runners
Microspikes have made an appearance though
Still warmish on the trails around town