ready to start up the Rainbow River - Dave, Alison, Andre and Stu
First sight of Mt Paske towering over the surroundings in all its spring finery
The SE ridge of Paske seen in profile, rises from the left
Stu and the peaks at the beginning of the Rainbow river
We've taken the side turning to go up Paske Creek
Andre partway along his journey from sea to summit
Andre - no longer shackled to his IT desk and free to roam the hills!
Paske - no need to ask
We cut steps to climb the icy snow lying in the forest
Out of the forest now and about to see...
Moving closer to enlightenment
twenty to eight and the crust is still firm
The dam-like Paske Saddle at the head of the valley. From its left rises the ridge leading to the high point of Mt Dora, and Mt Guinevere beyond.
Alison stops for a break in rapidly softening snow high on the south east ridge of Paske
The SE ridge is nice and steep
A side stream of Paske Ck and potential place of future ascent. Tapuae-o-Uenuku on the centre horizon
Stu and Andre getting very near the top
Andre on his first Nelson Lakes summit with the old hand
The Nelson Lakes peaks in fine spring fettle: south ridges of Travers and Cupola, right of centre Mt Hopeless, distant right Mt Angelus
From the summit of Paske in fair weather, the southwest ridge looks worth a go
doing the usual stuff on the summit
Andre pleased to reach his first Nelson Lakes summit - if only he knew what lay ahead..
Stu, Alison and Andre keeping off from the cornice
Stu steps down carefully. In his shadow, a line on the snow reveals the overhanging cornice
In this section the snow crust is still icy and below is a long slope into the head of the Rainbow river
Mt Paske as seen from a kilometre or so down the SW ridge. SE ridge at right
The snow was becoming very soft on the ridge so around midday we made the call to descend easy slopes back into Paske Ck
Descending through sheets of Ice crystals moving on the breeze
Alison is the first to taste a giant ice bun near Mt Paske
The firm crust has well and truly gone and we plough through deep, weak, sugary snow back to the hut...
....after an afternoon we spent gathering firewood and generally lazing around the hut, the moon comes up behind Mt Iris
Sunday morning at 6.50 and we're on our way to Mt Dora.
Looking over to Mt Paske, the signs of the reliable and inevitable norwester in the sky.
Sheltered from the gales, Alison demonstrates snow basin reserve
The view north takes in (R-L) Mts Paske, Travers, McKay, Belvedere Peak, Franklin and pt 2291. Left of centre is the head of the Clarence river valley.
Alison stands firm against strong winds on the ridge
Stu quickly passes a very gusty gap in the ridge
Andre cramponing well at 9 in the morning
Stu, Andre and Alison on Mt Dora in gusty conditions
Stu, Andre and Dave on Mt Dora in gusty conditions
heading back down as the weather packs in
sidling in the sun and the wind
Andre measures the height of the norwest arch
Stopping for early lunch with a view to yesterday's activities.
good forest travel to the valley floor
heading out down Paske Creek