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 Post subject: girdlestone peak mt ruapehu
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:35 pm 
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Location: mt ruapehu new zealand
stoked really enjoying the summer tr s on the site, what a beautiful world we live in (some parts anyway)

well the winter has been very lean on the powder days this year, we started with the coldest may on record and some good early snow, june was normal and july was cold but dry, and now we have just got thru the warmest august on record, rain forecast to 3000m this weekend with no snow in sight, spring gales have started and i am just hoping for a stable october to get some end of season lines in..

so last week after 50 cm of storm snow that fell with 60knot winds we were left with a mountain with exposed icy ridges and gullies with 5-15cm of wind drifted snow, patrol had closed the bc off due to the icy conditions which gave us a lot of space to play in, the previous day we had skinned up in the blizzard to check conditions out

blowing snow skifield closed
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windblown on trail
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freshies on the main trails
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our goal today was the girdlestone peak which we assumed could have some nice sun released snow from the storm, KB shane and i set off with ice axes and crampons

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blue line ascent ..red line descent

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icy ridges gave way to soft snow on the traverse up

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looking down from the skyline ridge

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our intended descent

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girdlestone peak

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looking back to the mt ruapehu summit

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mitre peak..hopefully we will get out there this season

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kb enjoying the view

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half way down the peak

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next turn..go kb!

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slope is about 35-40 degrees in places..kb slowing down

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shane scoring some nice snow in the glacier

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shane hiking back out of the glacier

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the ice that kept everyone away

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our exit ridge..wind drift on blue ice...yuck

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a great day and the girdlestone delivered, nice sunreleased snow up high and windblown on the glacier...stoked...


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 Post subject: Re: girdlestone peak mt ruapehu
PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:14 pm 
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Wow! Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait for the season in the North to get cranking!


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 Post subject: Re: girdlestone peak mt ruapehu
PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:37 am 
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Sweet stuff man! Looks fun. :rock:

ps. I used one of your pics on the cover too. www.splitboard.com :)


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 Post subject: Re: girdlestone peak mt ruapehu
PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:15 am 
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Nice ghan, my splitboard arrives from canada tomorrow :rock:
Will have to do some touring sometime next season


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 Post subject: Re: girdlestone peak mt ruapehu
PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 10:31 am 
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Jealous????
You bet your ass. :thatrocks:
Thanks for the stoke.


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 Post subject: Re: girdlestone peak mt ruapehu
PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 2:49 pm 
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ahhhh so refreshing to see mtns and snow - oh yeah! keep those southern hemi TRs coming pls.

some nice shots/views from up there and it seems like you guys scored despite conditions.


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