Winter Volcanoes, New Zealand

During August 2012, I spent three days staying at the Auckland Tramping Club Ski Lodge on Mt Ruapehu. Over two of the days, together with Jim Morrow we scaled the three peaks, Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe. It was a wonderful low key trip, with great weather and good company. Done in the middle of winter with plenty of snow the views were stunning and the climbing very easy. I used crampons and an axe for all three peaks but there is nothing technical. Thoroughly recommendable for a weekend trip!

On the crater rim Mt Ruapehu, the summit of Ruapehu is still two hours away over my right shoulder

Jim Morrow coming up the final summit slopes in windy conditions - Turoa ski-field just visible, directly below him bottom right

Mt Taranaki (my home), looking beautiful in the early morning from the summit slopes of Ruapehu

Standing on the summit of Ruapehu on a windy but beautifully clear day.

View of Tongariro and Ngauruhoe (nearest) from the summit of Ruapehu

Jim Morrow applying sunscreen on a hot day at the col on the Tongariro crossing. Mt Ngauruhoe's summit directly behind him.

Jim Morrow sweating his way up the slopes of Ngauruhoe

A lone climber on the opposite wall of Ngauruhoe's crater rim

Close up of the climber

Standing on Tongariro, 3rd summit in two days with Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu visible behind me. A fun, stress free few days in the hills!

Standing on the summit of Ngauruhoe, pointing to Mt Taranaki in the distance – the first mountain I ever climbed at age 13

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