Photos from Arawhata trip Dec 27 2015 to Jan 5 2016
The three rock bands in the Matukituki approach to Arawhata Saddle
Climbing steep snow slopes to Arawhata Saddle
Ali approaching Arawhata Saddle. French Ridge and Mt Avalanche behind.
A view into the Arawhata River showing enormous rock providing the famous Rock Biv (bottom centre)
One-time terminus of the Snowball Glacier
Snow White Glacier and, marooned high to its right, Mystery Col
Mt Athene, north of the Arawhata valley
Camp on Arawhata Saddle
Arawhata Saddle kea nuisance
Descending 2km to the Rock Biv
In the headwaters of the Arawhata River, a rarely visited place.
Typical travel in the upper Arawhata
Camp near the Rock Biv
The Roc Biv from upstream
At the Arawhata Rock Biv
Ali checks out the Arawhata Rock Biv hut book
Paul Maxim was here in 1983!
Stories of past epics, captured in the moment
Cool glacial-fed west coast river
Ali negotiates the rough terrain
An easier section of Arawhata travel
Approaching a gorge section means scrub-bash time
Flats seen ahead!
Out of the gorge and safely in camp
View of Williamson Flat and the Joe River entering the Arawhata
Where we got out of the bush to escape the Arawhata
In celebration of freedom to travel
Camp above Stokes Creek
Camp above Stokes Creek
Mt Ionia from above Stokes Creek
Contemplating the Barrier Range and Olivine Ice Plateau at sunset
Glad to be free and happy for dehy
Travelling the open tops to the Snowdrift Range, New Years Day
The lake marking Mystery Col
What remains of the Snow White Glacier
En route to Pivot Peak, Snowdrift Range
The Snowball Glacier to our right (west)
It was easy travel on glaciated terrain to Pivot Peak
Tititea Mt Aspiring from the Snowdrift Range.
First sight of the Whitbourn Glacier
Descending the Whitbourn
Figuring out a descent of the Whitbourn
Crossed a few like this
The steeper final descent slope was melting in the evening sun
Finally onto easier ground and heading into the Dart River catchment
Somewhat desperate camp!
Nasty exit of the Whitbourn Glacier
Celmesia growing on glacial moraines in the Whitbourn valley
Ali in the alpine garden
Old school rock manoeuvres
Spaniards mark the approach of the Whitbourn to the Dart river.
Where we finally crossed the Dart River
The first humans we met in 7 days were TTC members! (ctr Joan Costello, rt Bharat Pancha)
Relieved at passing the last major obstacle
Where the Dart Glacier used to be a few years ago - one of the fastest glacial retreats in New Zealand
Our final camp of the trip on Cascade Saddle
Washing the dishes
Tititea Mt Aspiring - south west ridge - from Cascade Saddle
Safely out after nine days of independent travel!
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