Author Topic: Taranaki on a Blue Sky Day  (Read 1153 times)

Taranaki on a Blue Sky Day
« on: April 13, 2012, 02:17:19 PM »
We watched the weather forecast change totally each day in the week leading up, but we had a crisp and clear full-moon lit dawn on Easter saturday.

Took the Stratford Plateau option just to avoid that extra 200m climb, the sun coming up over Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe lighting up the colours in the leatherwood was amazing. A quick pause at Tahurangi, we powered up the stairs and ran into an acquaintance of one of our group who consoled us on being on the hardest bit - we found out why about two minutes later once we hit the loose scoria section - man that is hard work. He also mentioned a route up past the bluffs on the ski-field which has more rock scrambling but musch less loose scoria?

The Lizard wasn't too bad (on the way up anyway) and we were on the summit at 10:45 for an early lunch (and geocache found :-) We stopped for the obligatory photo shoot in the freezing wind along with a few dozen others and watched the only clouds of the day drift past several 100 metres below.

Going down was almost as hard, harder on the lizard, but made up time on the scree run. Total time getting on to 10 hours with some nice leisurely stops to soak up the views.

A great day out with KiwiLeon & Little Red Hood!