Author Topic: Taranaki  (Read 1316 times)

« on: January 04, 2013, 04:31:56 PM »
Climbed together with KiwiLeon & LittleRedHood on a clear but cool Easter Saturday. None of us had been on the summit before and we opted for starting from the Startford Plateau carpark for a slightly longer walk via Tahurangi Lodge but saving 200m climb than up from Nth Egmont. (Apparently there is a passable route directly above the ski-field that we found about about later, that misses a lot of the loose gravel, but involving steeper rock).

Set off in the full-moon light at 6 am and caught the sunrise while ducking in and out of the gullies below towering basalt on the round-the-moutain section to the lodge. From the lodge we joined the crowds up the steps and the loose gravel of the North Ridge which was a real test of determination. The haul up the hard rock on the back of the Lizard was long but easier in comparison. Suddenly arriving in the iced-over gully crater beside the Shark's Tooth is great relief but short-lived before the final grovel up loose ash and cinder to the summit at 10:30. Had lunch and photo shoot in the freezing cold wind before the long hard descent and back to the car after 10 hours.