Taranaki Landscapes 4
This batch of photos was taken early 2007 while based in Eltham helping renovate an old villa. The town of Eltham has a few thousand people and you can still hear the cows mooing from surrounding farms. The sky around here is still fairly dominated by the mountain.
Dusk cloud formations
The highest lookout point around is the rooftop
Dawns rays hit the bare summer mountain
New plymouth waterfront
Auckland could learn a thing or two
Birdwatching to be had
Desert road outlook on weekend trip to eastern Ruapehu
Ngarohoe in exceptionally clear weather
Climbing past Tukino ski village is incredibly hot and dusty
Mangatoetoenui Glacier below Te Huehue, the usual way up this side, but we neglected to bring our crampons
Whangehu hut perched on bluff above river by same name.
Sunset from 2100m
Looking straight down to the river--ring side seats.
The headwaters of the Whangaehu is its glacier and crater lake, source of impending lahar flows.
Dramatic volcanic landscape
Definately for those that want to get away from it all
Looking up the ridge to cathedral rocks and summit plateau.
More distant view of same on descent
Some serious heat scorched those rocks
Rolling Rangipo badlands
Its a vast cold desert
Main trunk power grid
Dusk sky images on road trip home
Three sisters on Taranaki coast
Then straight into the Auckland rush hour. Bit of a shock to the system, but storm clouds on the estuary are oddly calming
Back home and making the most of the clear weather, before winter arrives with a Taranaki climb
Coastline, climbing above the Manganui skifield at dawn
Clear but misty morning
Ascent is via Curtis ridge (to left of scree field at left), descent via East ridge (right of shadowed gut right off summit)
Less common view of Syme hut on route
and its Fanthom peak location
Shows Curtis ridge in its entirety, and the carpark at its base center left. What snow remains is icy.
The turtle at right and pyramids at center.
Looking down Carrington ridge to Holly hut, the Dome, and the Ahukawakawa swampland
Steep drop off western summit rocks
Piece o cake to the north west
Sharks fin sans ice
Massive ersion in gorge below pyramids has closed the track there.
Massive gorges in the southwest area, Kahui hut at right. There is a summit route in there some where
Deeply cut water courses stemming from one of NZs highest rainfall areas
A side view of Curtis ridge, and its unstable scree fields. Lots of falling rocks.
Descending the bald rock slopes prevalent on the upper eastern slopes--easy travel for the coolheaded
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