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Ruapehu, Mt / Re: Tahurangi Summit
« on: September 30, 2008, 04:20:38 AM »
Did the winter trip! Wooo hoooo! Saturday 20 September 08

We set off from the top of the High Noon Chair, and boot packed it straight up Gliding Gladys to the summit-ish. Gliding Gladys is the open face just west of the skyline ridge. (We stood just immediately below Tahurangi in the 2nd spot I arrowed in a previous post. Tahurangi itself was just a bit too icy in snowboard boots.)

It was a very warm and sunny day, and it had snowed the day before, so the hike was relatively easy going (My lungs disagree!) in soft snow following others footprints. Took us 1 hour and 10 mins up. The snow conditions were so good that rather than descend straight back down the way we came to Turoa ski field, we dropped over into the crater but veering towards Paretetaitonga Peak. We stopped snowboarding as the terrain flattened off, and hiked again to the point of our descent down the Mangaturuturu Glacier and snowboarded back to Turoa.

While lunching at the top we met a skier, who had come up from Whakapapa ealier in the morning, skinned and skied over to Turoa, then hiked back up Turoa, was going to ski over towards (but not all the way to Tukino) then skin back up and ski back down Whakapapa. Whew! the Dude looked 50, but must have had quads of steel!!

Below are some pics. Hoping to hike up Whakapapa side soon. If not in winter, to the Dome Summit in summer. Time to get my summer walking legs on!

General Discussion / Re: What's your next peak??
« on: September 30, 2008, 03:34:54 AM »
Good work Vino! I'd like to do Ngauruhoe again this summer, but not sure what else. I guess it's time to start the wish list!

Ruapehu, Mt / Re: Tahurangi Summit
« on: June 07, 2008, 02:23:04 AM »
sounds like a good strategy :)

Looking forward to doing it again this winter, if the lake isn't excessively boiling away when we wanna do it that it is!

General Discussion / Re: Hi
« on: June 05, 2008, 06:11:19 PM »
just stumbled across this message...

Woah! you been busy!

Tongariro, Mt / Re: Mt Tongariro Summit Ex Mangatepopo Road
« on: June 05, 2008, 06:05:02 PM »
Cool pics - when did you do it?

I did Ngauruhoe last year as a day trip in itself and Tongaririo crossing earlier this year (minus Tongaririo summit - due to being in a slow group of mates)

I agree with you about the HANDBAGS!!! Saw a fine example myself up there! We lost her and mentioned later in the day that she either steamed ahead of us or must have turned back  ???

Interestingly... this summer the "Tongariro Crossing" was rebranded the "Tongaririo Alpine Crossing". Basically to make people consciously and subconciously realise that they are in a changeable apline envrionment and thus must be prepared as such!!!

Ruapehu, Mt / Re: Tahurangi Summit
« on: June 05, 2008, 05:40:00 PM »
so - summit shows in my first shot, left of the middle of the picture. and the third shot, Tahurangi is upper right hand corner.

hope that helps. I know more of the Turoa side in winter than summer. But yet to do Whakapapa side in winter even though I have done it a few times in summer...

I look at the Turoa face so much in winter, that it can be hard to explain!

Ruapehu, Mt / Re: Tahurangi Summit
« on: June 05, 2008, 05:36:39 PM »
1. 11 march 2007 - it was reasonably bare, the next time we went up to check "the investment" progress it was Easter on 9/4/07. Although it was much colder and icier, the snowline had retreated to a higher level

2. Apologies!!! Upon consulting a map, I will post another picture. My friends pic of the top is not the "top" top, but totally baggable in my book. That pic was  eastward along the summit ridgeline. The Summit is westward.

Forgive me, but this is a winter pic... but you should get the idea... where Tahurangi is.
---> PS:I have also posted a good old trail map from RAL which notes it.

Ruapehu, Mt / Re: Tahurangi Summit
« on: 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  :)

Pinnacles, The / Re: Pinnacles Track
« on: June 04, 2008, 11:00:25 AM »
wow, sounds liek a lot of cosy changes since I last did it. The muddy track to the top used to be half the fun! ... escpecially in winter

General Discussion / Re: Suggestions and Future Plans
« on: May 29, 2008, 10:22:42 AM »
you may have thought of this already....

how about a NZ map broken up into 4-6 zones, so when you click on the zone you have a list of the walks in that area? Would be good for tourists and geographically challenged (like me, when it comes to the south island...)

General Discussion / Re: Suggestions and Future Plans
« on: May 29, 2008, 08:24:24 AM »
It's pretty cool! I forwarded the site link to a whole lot of friends.

Te Aroha / Re: Mt Te Aroha ex Te Aroha visitors centre
« on: May 28, 2008, 06:29:11 PM »
love the pic of the trig

Pinnacles, The / Re: Bagged it..........This was my climb number 1
« on: May 28, 2008, 06:25:34 PM »
pretty sure the new topo maps don't even show table mountain track.

done the pinnicles a few times, both winter and summer, day trips and overnight at the hut. Each time has been a unique trip, and will never get bored of it (I hope)

Dome Summit / Trip report for the Dome
« on: 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 :)


General Discussion / Re: Suggestions and Future Plans
« on: May 28, 2008, 04:12:10 PM »
wow, I just found this site but had no idea it was so new!!

The list is very helpful, and the details are great, lots of info.

Quick question/s (or suggestion)
- how do I view my list of walks that I logged when I registered?
- Can I add walks to my list, with out logging comments

>>Whoops, answered my own question. It's not till I entered the forum that I could see my profile button in the top right of page. So managed to edit my details there

Will certainly log some comments and pics at some stage soon tho.

Great idea for a site, love your work

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