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General Discussion / Re: Question: Mt Edgecumbe
« on: January 28, 2009, 06:10:26 AM »
I want to bag it .. its not fair .. it was staring at me as we drove back to Auckland from Hikurangi. Damn Mountain tease!!!!

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General Discussion / Re: Mt Tihia, Tongariro National Park
« on: July 09, 2008, 06:51:45 AM »
I can also supply how to twist your ankle till you hear a loud cracking/snapping noise (followed by a few profane words) then realise you are halfway into the Hunua ranges with no other way out other than shanks pony ..
Still hobbling 2 weeks on, next time I am gong to lookwhere I am going hahaha

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Tongariro, Mt / Re: Mt Tongariro Summit Ex Mangatepopo Road
« on: July 09, 2008, 06:45:50 AM »
It was a crazy and long day vinodrinker .. I agree with pmcke better to do Ngauruhoe in the dark so you don't see where youre walking .. from my recollections of when I last did it it was two steps up 1.5 back down again  :)

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Mangatangi / Re: Mangatangi Trig ex Kaiaua Road via Vinings track
« on: July 09, 2008, 06:28:28 AM »
Just an additional note to Vinodrinker's  most of the track from the farmland to the ridge track is dry and moss covered, the first 500 meters from the stile is fairly steep but does ease off. Does not appear to be a well walked track however it is still very pleasant. Once o the main Mangatangi track it does beome somewhat softer underfoot.
We should of taken a photo of the last sign post to the trig .. 'Mangatangi Trig 2 min' somewhat amusing after you have been walking for 2 hours or so.

Suggestion when leaving go to Kaiaua grab a feed at the fish and chip shop.

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General Discussion / Re: Suggestions and Future Plans
« on: June 07, 2008, 03:28:09 AM »
Dude South Island expecting snow to sea level .. its gonna get stormy

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General Discussion / Re: Classification ..
« on: June 07, 2008, 03:24:16 AM »
Not sure, maybe in a couple of years .. Taranaki is a real mountain man's climb somewhat different to Mt William or the Clevedon Scenic reserve.

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Pinnacles, The / Re: Bagged it..........This was my climb number 1
« on: June 05, 2008, 08:47:39 AM »
Then the final steep push to the pinnacles summit (752m asl?) which rewards with great views across to table mountain and Pauanui. (anyone - can you still climb table mountain??? I heard the track was closeed years ago as it was just insanely boggy)

5 hours all up for us.
I just love the view of the back of my head Craig ...

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Pinnacles, The / Re: Pinnacles Track
« on: June 05, 2008, 08:46:11 AM »
Actually had a similar experience with the Tongariro crossing nice board walk, red carpet the works, can understand the need for the boardwalk when we went over approximately 500 followed us that day alone. To be honest it was refreshing to see that DOC have taken such steps to ensure that the enviroment in which we walk is preserved. Not sure if DOC have stats on park use but The Pinnacles has to be fairly heavily used ..

Funniest thing happened on our return journey we met this middle aged couple, whose first comment was how thy hated the well formed steps and board walk and that they don't have such things in the UK, I found this somewhat amusing and only wish I had my wits about me to mention the train going up Mt Snowdon.
Those of you wishing to peruse this amazing 'feature' of mountain climbing http://www.snowdonrailway.co.uk/  ;D

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Pirongia, Mt / Re: My first Volcano
« on: June 05, 2008, 07:30:19 AM »
The chains were fun .. Vinodrinker has captured me perfectly ..

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General Discussion / Classification ..
« on: June 05, 2008, 07:24:38 AM »
Should we revise the classifiation system to exclude so called mountains that my 3 year old can climb??  ;D Or suggest an alteration to the difficulty rating hehehe

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General Discussion / Re: Suggestions and Future Plans
« on: June 05, 2008, 07:20:05 AM »
Can supply assistance if required. Am versed in aspects of Googleness  :) Vinodrinker and I are hopefully off to do Mangatangi in the weekend fingers crossed weather wise ...

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General Discussion / Re: Suggestions and Future Plans
« on: June 04, 2008, 08:32:54 AM »
Love Google Maps .. keep up the good work but you could use a customised mountain icon aka would look cooler hehe shadow for the image is here

Sorry its one of pet projects at work :-)

The Terrain view is F.A.B!!!

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