Joined: Fri Jul 11, 2008 2:49 am Posts: 104 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
windblown on trail
freshies on the main trails
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
blue line ascent ..red line descent
icy ridges gave way to soft snow on the traverse up
looking down from the skyline ridge
our intended descent
looking back to the mt ruapehu summit
mitre peak..hopefully we will get out there this season
kb enjoying the view
half way down the peak
next turn..go kb!
slope is about 35-40 degrees in places..kb slowing down
shane scoring some nice snow in the glacier
shane hiking back out of the glacier
the ice that kept everyone away
our exit ridge..wind drift on blue ice...yuck
a great day and the girdlestone delivered, nice sunreleased snow up high and windblown on the glacier...stoked...