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andy_k

Member since Jul 2010 • Last active May 2017

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    Found it (scabbing some library wifi and electricity to juice up the laptop) https://www.lfgss.com/conversations/2531­58/

    Looks like @gabes is having a nap just above Fort Augustus

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    2017 is go! Here's the tracking trackleaders.com/highland17

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    Is there a HT550 thread? 16h in and Neil B and Chris Hope are 160 miles in! Struggling with trackleaders on a super old iphone, where's Gabes at?

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    Might have been posted but some more tragic news from this hemisphere kiwirandonneurs.org.nz/ride/­3623/micky

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    Small bags are a pain, nothing ever fits back in the way you want, especially when it's raining...

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    About a week later we ended up spending a few nights at the various visitor centre carparks on the slopes of Mt Taranaki. Forecast was good and each morning the mountain was crystal clear. First we tried to get to the tarns for that photo, about half an hour after we set off it clouded over but we couldn't tell badly until emerging out of the bush about half way up and by that point we'd gone up enough steps that turning back would have been a total bummer. Nice enough stroll, basically a giant staircase each way and pretty boggy at the top. Met a few people doing multi-day tramps, most looking pretty muddy.

    Next day we figured we'd dash up from Dawson Falls carpark to Syme Hut for lunch before some light showers mid-late afternoon. It's a stiff walk to the hut, around 5km gaining a little over 1000m in height, first half is mostly steps and boardwalk, the second half is scoria. They've put new poles in which made finding the route easy enough, although at times it felt like 1 step forward, 2 steps back. Heavy legs meant we didn't quite get there in time to miss the weather, just managed to pop out above the clouds and catch a little sun at the hut after lunch before heading back down the same way.

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    There were a fair few people as we walked from the carpark towards Ngauruhoe but the majority carried straight on and it got a lot quieter. Most of them whinging about having to actually move their legs to see things.

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    Sweet bivi spot just below the top too

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    Few snaps from a recent day out in NZ. We did the Tongariro crossing back in March, "some light drizzle" ended up being <10m visibility from start to finish so we decided to head back when better weather was forecast and just do an out-and-back from Mangatepopo carpark to the summits of Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Tongariro.

    Set off with blue skies, about 2/3 of the way up Ngauruhoe the cloud came in and the dicks ahead dislodged a few chest-sized chunks of rock without thinking to call out/shout anything. After dodging those and a lot of yelling we scrambled across to a slightly more solid ridge and set about heading back down to the crater and pushed onto Tongariro instead. No scree and no dicks on the way up to the summit, in fact no people at all! Got some great views in/out of the cloud and definitely salvaged the day.

    Walking into a brilliant sunset on the way back and luckily glanced back to catch the whole cliff face lit up behind us, photos don't really do that justice.

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