On my first attempt at ski-touring I went up from the Knoll Ridge t-bar to the summit plateau of Ruapehu. The uphill gradient was OK but I was nervous about the descent so didn't hang around long on the plateau!
TTC Alpine Instruction Course
The skins were really effective and gave me heaps of confidence going uphill and across rough, icy surfaces.
Not much cover on Ngauruhoe
Day 2: skinned up the easy slopes from the Far West t-bar. Approaching the crater lake after a crossing a little spring ice
Pyramid Peak and Crater Lake, Mt Ruapehu
Crater Lake, Mt Ruapehu
Surface formations at 2600m on the summit plateau
Passing through the Gap for the second time to descend
Back on the commercial ski field at the Te Heu Heu valley T-bar. Solitude gone but still nice views.
Last run out then back to my tent!
Looking down over the Whakapapa glacier. Only two other ski tourers around today. Nice!
View across the summit plateau after circling round Dome