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This day began with a gentle climb out of the Clinton Valley, through the lush forest--up what they call "practice hill." About two hours in, we began to ascend a series of 11 switchbacks over about two miles. The upper portion of this part of the climb is above the tree line. We stopped for a brief rest at McKinnon's memorial and then kept climbing to our lunch hut. The afternoon portion of the hike is very scenic but the most difficult part of the Milford Track--almost all downhill and much of it on rocky terrain. Our legs were feeling like jello by the end. From Quintin Lodge, we took the optional (but well worth it) 90-minute hike (sans packs, fortunately) to Sutherland Falls, the world's fifth highest waterfall and the tallest in New Zealand.