7 hours in, the cloud has lifted. Beyond McIntosh peak, only another kilometre of nice ridgeline remains 'til Tararua Peaks!
Dave climbs towards the Tararua Peaks
Approaching breezy Tuiti, the western Tararua Peak.
Jane and Dave descend a gully between the peaks
Crossing Tuiti and about to encounter...
Tararua Peaks! Tunui, the eastern one, kindly provides a rope so we don't have to carry one for miles. Maungahuka destination is at top left.
Looking pleased to be across the Peaks
Summer climbing in the Tararuas!
The rugged peaks couldn't block a nice cup of tea.
Maungahuka Hut, Tararua main range
On the return journey Jane and Steve sidle up to the infamous steel ladder between the peaks.
In the diary to come back here in Winter
Cirrus over the main range.
An outcrop of summer rock.
Graeme Dingle woz here.
Lunchtime, looking back to our start point on Maungahuka in the clouds.