Mt Travers as seen from Kehu Peak in January 2014. Our plan was to climb the South ridge on the left and go over the top to descend to a camp in Summit Creek (not visible) on the other side.
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Heading up from Upper Travers hut towards Travers Saddle on Friday 7th February 2014
We thought this was low level valley cloud typical of Nelson Lakes but it continued to rise heralding worsening weather.
The south ridge of Mt Travers on the skyline approaching the headwaters of the Travers valley.
The south ridge of Mt Travers as seen from near the head of the valley.
Alison saw this shot of cloud streaming over Travers Saddle into the Sabine valley.
Scrambling along the sour ridge towards the 'notch', Dave, Paul and Piers stopped for a bite to eat.
Paul contemplates lines up the crux section of the south ridge ahead.
Setting up to abseil into the notch
Setting up to abseil into the notch. The rock on the other side looked good for climbing.
Paul abseils into the notch over some loose blocks
Paul Maxim leading the first pitch by following a crack up and left
Paul leads the first pitch. We all climbed with packs containing our overnight gear.
View from the climb over the Travers valley and, top right, the high tarn under Rainbow Saddle
Looking south from the climb to other peaks in the St Arnaud range. Note the veiled sky.
Paul established a belay where four of us could relax, sort of!
Piers gets ready to continue up leading the second pitch.
Dave at the top of the first pitch
Still from video showing the well-featured, compact rock we were climbing.
Top of the second pitch and the remainder of the climb to the summit was easy scrambling across rock slabs and scree. By this stage, it was 2pm and light rain had started so the camera was put away!
Seven hours later and we had crossed the peak in light rain and descended to 1400m in Summit Creek. We were all fairly tired by this stage and found this excellent rock bivvy. It was an easy decision to stop here for the night!
Setting up the bivvy for the night
Enough room was contrived for four to sleep under this excellent rock.
The view from the sleeping bag next morning. Alison was first up and making tea.
Paul in a fine morning by the bivvy rock in Summit Creek (1420m)
View down the Travers Valley towards a cloudy Lake Rotoiti.
Drying out the stuff
Summit Creek basin and scree slopes leading up to Mt Travers
The bivvy rock was our shelter, seat...
... drying rack...
...and card table for some games of five hundred!
Walking out back to the Travers valley
At the bush line
Mt Travers and the slopes we descended the day before, seen from John Tait hut.
John Tait hut
Tramping down the Travers valley for the second time in 3 weeks
It was a fast walk out.
Familiar Travers valley scene
Piers spotted this great mushroom
Alison fetches fresh water for our final cup of tea before leaving the valley.