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Photos from Traverse of Mt Hopeless, Labour Day weekend 2014

Five members went into Nelson Lakes for the third time this year (for some!) to climb Mt Hopeless.

The ascent was made using the Hopeless Couloir in a day trip from Cupola Hut. Descent was via the SW ridge which involved two long abseils at the rock step.

Party members
Dave Grainger (leader, photos), Paul Maxim (photos), Stu Hutson, Piers Harris, Patrick Arnold.
photo by Paul Maxim
photo by Paul Maxim
photo by Paul Maxim
photo by Paul Maxim
photo by Paul Maxim
photo by Paul Maxim
photo by Paul Maxim
photo by Paul Maxim
photo by Paul Maxim
photo by Paul Maxim
photo by Paul Maxim
photo by Paul Maxim
photo by Paul Maxim
photo by Paul Maxim
photo by Paul Maxim
photo by Paul Maxim
photo by Paul Maxim
photo by Paul Maxim
Piers on summit of Mt Cupola the next day. photo by Paul Maxim
Piers on summit of Mt Cupola the next day. photo by Paul Maxim
Lake Rotoiti, Friday 24th October 2014
Lake Rotoiti, Friday 24th October 2014
L-R Patrick, Piers, Paul, Stu
L-R Patrick, Piers, Paul, Stu
Third time up the Travers valley this year
Third time up the Travers valley this year
South face of Mt Hopeless showing Hopeless Couloir route right of centre and south west ridge at left
South face of Mt Hopeless showing Hopeless Couloir route right of centre and south west ridge at left
Evening view from Cupola Hut
Evening view from Cupola Hut
Entering the base of the Hopeless Couloir
Entering the base of the Hopeless Couloir
Paul leads the first of two pitches in the upper couloir on good ice.
Paul leads the first of two pitches in the upper couloir on good ice.
Stu belaying in cool shady conditions
Stu belaying in cool shady conditions
Climbing out onto easier slopes in the upper couloir.
Climbing out onto easier slopes in the upper couloir.
Patrick climbing the easier ground after joining the Hopeless Creek route
Patrick climbing the easier ground after joining the Hopeless Creek route
View of Lake Rotoroa from the summit ridge
View of Lake Rotoroa from the summit ridge
Breather
Breather
Final steps to the summit
Final steps to the summit
Summit ridge of Mt Hopeless
Summit ridge of Mt Hopeless
Starting descent of the south west ridge
Starting descent of the south west ridge
At the first of two 60m abseils on the SW ridge
At the first of two 60m abseils on the SW ridge
Paul high on the south west ridge of Mt Hopeless
Paul high on the south west ridge of Mt Hopeless
Stu looks back at the abseiled bluffs on the SW ridge
Stu looks back at the abseiled bluffs on the SW ridge
Sidling back to Cupola hut with couloir behind
Sidling back to Cupola hut with couloir behind
Mt Hopeless couloir and TTC climbers
Mt Hopeless couloir and TTC climbers
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