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1  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Ruapehu, Mt / Re: Tahurangi Summit Date: June 05, 2008, 02:52:43 AM
last summer we climbed at the beginning of March up the Turoa side, it was the second consecutive sunny day (we did Ngauruhoe the day before) The purpose of the Turoa climb was primarily to check on our "investment" - the new express lift installation paid for by the life passes sold by RAL.

ok so we got to the top of the High Noon, which was our goal for the day, and my walking buddy decided to see how high he could go. Well quite frankly my legs were shot from the day before so I stayed where I was.

His first approach was to climb the finger of rock in front of us and then attack the remaining snow. He then met a climber coming down who suggested he would need crampons and guided him over to the ridge cutting sketchy steps for my friend in the snow. (depending on the snow at the time you go up, you may need to cross snow to get to the ridge or cross over to the ridge line lower down near the giant cafe. We had to cross snow from where we were, as we were already quite high up where the lift line ended) My friend then ascended the ridgeline till he hit snow just beneath the summit ridge but then turned back as sticking to the ridge line was becoming rather steep, and a short skip across the snow for an easier line required crampons on that day, plus - the cloud was starting to roll in.

Basically we weren't prepared for anything other than an easy stroll for the day, had slept late, it was later in the day, we were hurting from the day before (sunburn/sore muscles) and a hit for the summit was not our aim. I believe the climb is quite do-able without the technical equipment as you say. (My brother has done it.) However, unless someone has been up just before you and can report on the conditions it might pay to take the old crampons just in case? Be prepared as they say...

Things that could effect the snow at the top are obviously, residual winter snow cover, any summer snowfalls, any recent rain, wind across the snow/ice.

Here's some pics from summer (will post about a winter climb seperately)
So the first pic shows the snow coverage, and the finger of rock to the left which I mentioned. Ridgeline to the right. The next two pics are Tim's pics he took near the top.

PS: I'd be interested to hear more from others that have climbed it in summer  :)
2  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Dome Summit / Trip report for the Dome Date: May 28, 2008, 04:23:31 PM
I was born and bred in Warkworth. For 14 or 15 years the view from my bedroom, across the town, and in the distance was the Dome. (We always referred to it as the Dome.)

So - I have been up here so many times I couldn't bear to count! School trips, church trips, youth group trips, and just for fun.

General comments:
- you will hear traffic noise from state highway one on points in the track
- the view from the trig was not a clear outlook, however there were some vantage points along the way.(generally not the flashest walk for the view)
-  it's worth it, if you have time to walk, to go beyond the summit to the Kauri grove (something I haven't done since I was very very young and only remember doing once)

Racking my brains to remember when I last did it, so maybe time to do it again next summer when I am home. When I last did it, the track seemed like it had been upgraded since when I was a kid, so it's fair to say it's well maintained :)

Cheers.
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