Hey, here's a few days in early October in New Zealand. Me and my girl have just moved to Chch this year and this is my first season on a splitboard. haven't done as much touring this year, haven't quite had the luck getting the trifecta of partners, weather and avo conditions this year - especially as I only get to ski weekends. So when Spring Conditions arrive, it's time to rejoice! Hallelujah! and go solo.....
So we spent the weekend riding at Mt Cheeseman. my girlfriend down on the beginners tow-ropes and me in the sidecountry. here are some shots........
The Craigieburn Range, Cheeseman somewhere near 2/3 right
some laps down off the ridge
nice little chute near the resort, down into Tarn Basin
looking south towards Mt Cheeseman proper, lotsa lines!
On Tuesday I was sick. It could have been gastro or maybe even Bieber Fever - too sick to go to work anyway.... but not too sick for a mission ! We headed to the Torlesse Range, with Castle Hill Peak at centre, Foggy Peak at far right
My girlfriend Catherine decided to come for a walk too and be my photographer.
hiking up from the highway to Foggy Peak
found this guy up there on the ridge. he looked beached as.
Catherine stomps up the last ridge towards CH Peak
ready to drop from top of CHP. cool SW wind meant I wasn't sure how much it had softened
sweet as! velvety corn
skinning back up the ridge.
then I did another shorter and icier run over the south side. After some lunch and snow-melting time, it was time to head back along the ridge towards the car....
one more run to get me halfway to the car
just soft enough
the end ( of the snow).
anyway, that was the best few days of my season probably, apart from an awesome day in the Craigieburn Chutes. There's still weeks to go til the snow melts too! FCUK YEAH.
hope this works as it's my first post and it's taken an inordinately long amount time to make, due to the synthoids. and cos of all the earthquake trauma i'm suffering...
Post subject: Re: Craigieburns NZ, early October 2010
Posted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:06 pm
Joined: Sun Aug 01, 2010 5:18 am Posts: 263
These are sweet bro, cant wait to get some laps in. All our club fields are closing and its still snowing..... 20cm over night here! Temple basin will be on as well with northwest snow still falling in October.