|Tim and I on Mt Ruapehu|
Last week Tim, a British chap who works down the street at bivouac, stopped in to see if Alice and I wanted to do some night trail running. I was down originally until we got the news that the weather was clear enough to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. So I had to bail last minute as the crossing should really be attempted when there isn't gale force winds like they had the week before. He was cool with the last minute change as he was not feeling that great and was interested in doing the crossing as well. In the same conversation, Tim said that he wanted to get down to Mt Ruapehu in the next couple weeks for a summit. Mt Ruapehu is also found in the Tongariro National Park and only about 30 minutes from where Beth and I spent our days off last week. So Tim stopped into work on Monday to see if I would be down for some alpine adventure on Wednesday. This didn't allow me that much time to gather/purchase gear. I would need crampons, helmet, axes, sleeping bag, and gaiters for sure. I have warm clothes and rain gear and Tim was able to scrounge around for all of it except the gaiters which I purchased from work.
|Early morning view from the hut.|
Tim and I left early on Wed morning for a 2 night stay on the mountain with 3 days of lugging packs and wielding axes. I didn't know much about Tim other than where he works and that he climbs with Alice. We had some interesting conversations on the rides to and from about our outdoor experiences, zombies, and what we were looking to accomplish over the next couple days. He was keen on making a summit via the farthest west ridge of the Whakapaka ski field. I just wanted to get out and enjoy New Zealand.
|This is Tim after the drizzle.|
|Isn't there an elevator?|
|Lovely view from the hut.|
|Yes that is a reflection of my camera.|
|Snow capped Mt Doom.|
|Making our way up as safe as possible minus the ropes.|