New Zealand: The Two Thumbs Range

two thumbsThe Thumbs peaks are the high points in the Two Thumb range in New Zealand. As far as I know, this is the only place on earth that remembers Pangaea. That is, way back in time when all the continents on earth were together. The Thumbs might remember being near the Cordilleras of the Andes, (now in Peru, in South America) and the two mountain ranges in California, the Sierras and the White mountains. At that time they were all joined.

The Thumbs could act as a tuning fork for vibrations then and might still today. It is an exceptional place to attain clarity and wholeness, to gather the shards of your soul and recreate your unshattered crystal, your whole self. Stay here in meditation; be here always.

The purity of the Two Thumbs is due partly to its isolation. The Peruvian mountains have been terraced and farmed. The California mountains have been lined with roads, electrical signals, and trails. But the Thumbs have only been climbed by a few mountaineers and backcountry farmers, and possibly some Thar, the imported Himalayan mountain goats. Until a few centuries ago, the Two Thumbs remained untouched by recent events. More importantly, the evolution of life, of plants and animals, was not mixed. In the americas and other continents, life forms swarmed and influenced each other, so little evidence remains of our ancient roots.

tuataraOne reminder of those ancient times are the living fossils, the lizard-like tuataras. Although they only survive on remote off-shore islands of New Zealand, their fossils have been found at locations around the world. They were here long before the dinosaurs and escaped extinction, until now. Imagine yourself between the Thumbs, gazing through the clouds toward a tuatara that is looking back at you from an island near the sea. Sink in your ancient roots and let your soul soar.

Alternatively, you could return to the New Zealand photograph page and view pictures of stalking the Two Thumbs in 1996. See a movie of a flight around and up from the Rangitata River along the Southern Alps to right between the faces of the Two Thumbs peaks. Tim Wethy from Christchurch sent this picture of skiing in the Two Thumbs range.

Or you could visit the adventure pages of Leo Geary to see and read more about New Zealand out of doors 1987-92. Here is Leo, looking towards the Two Thumb range from atop Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand. Leo climbed near the thumbs, and skied in the range too. For more about what this site means to Wholeo, see Gaia Point. See the virtual trek, cave climb or the Under Two Thumbs altar page. In 2008, staff implants.

In 2007, Don French asked me what I knew about The Thumbs. I had written him about the CD he mentions in his account of climbing The Thumbs peaks (see Thumbs Up! on this page, a newsletter of the New Zealand Alpine Club, Wellington Section). Here's my email answer:

In 1996 I stayed with Jan Baker at her Bed & Breakfast. She had a friend who had climbed the Thumbs. I talked to him on the phone. He told me about the waist-high rivers he crossed and how difficult a trip it was. There were avalanches currently. He said it wasn't the most interesting feature in the Alps, so not climbed very much, but there are pegs and ropes up there from previous climbers, that help.

I heard people tell about my son Leo Geary's trip to Mesopotamia and skiing the range in 1990. Tim Wethey sent me a photo of skiing in the range. I visited the Proutings at Mesopotamia homestead and talked to them twice. Laurie flew me up there across his property and through the peaks. I camped at Mesopotamia with a view of The Thumbs peaks. On the road to Mesopotamia I remember sitting in Warren and Fiona Greer's building where they were making an ark-like boat. A high window framed a perfect view of the Two Thumbs peaks. Warren said he planned to climb there the next summer with his son or sons, maybe.

In Wellington I went to the library and historical society and read all I could in one day. I read Erewhon and Erewhon Revisited by Samuel Butler and I have Samual Butler of Mesopotamia by Peter Maling, which has great detail about homesteading the area. I think Butler named the Thumbs. Didn't I just read that in your account? I have the topographical maps Mount Harper and Godley (InfoMaps 260-J36 and 260-I36).

Since I couldn't get there I tried to triangulate. Jan and I went to the east side of Lake Tekapo and walked as far as we could in the wind. Not quite far enough to see The Thumbs. I also flew in the Mt. Cook plane that circled that way and I saw them briefly from there. Driving to Erewhon and Mayfield there were views from the east. Looking from Christchurch. Looking from Whiterock. Reading Song of the Stone by Barry Brailsford. In 2007 I explored the area in Google Earth, with fairly high resolution data. Fascinating

But saying all the external things doesn't tell you anything about my inner experiences linked to the area. Lots of people don't want to go there.

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