Last week Hugh went to the top of the Ruahine Range, this is a track that many quad and 4WD people use, it gets little maintenance at the far end, and minimal at the beginning.Not for the faint hearted at all. There had been a snowfall a few days earlier , the highest part here is 1141 metres asl, not the highest in this range, there is a beaconed trig at 1735 metres.
Hugh was on his own, so did not venture past the area in the second photo of the track.It is a very steep descent, and one part where I would definitely stay on the ground or better still, at home!!!
Yesterday we went to Egmont National Park, where Mt Egmont is, ( Mt Taranaki), it is a cone shaped mountain, 2518 metres high. The snowline is at 1522 metres, as told to me by some trampers who had completed a 5 day circuit tramp around the mountain, they had a GPS, so this was exact.!!! There are huts along the way, with a several hour tramp between.
We walked about 30 minutes to Dawson Falls, where the Kapuni Stream falls about 18 metres to the huge rocks below.The noise is loud, the spray splatters your face if you get too close, and the steps are steep.Today my leg muscles are aching!!!
All the above photos, courtesy of Hugh.
On the way down, there was a hollow under a huge tree, maybe shelter for the fairies on a cold day.Steps that were slippery, and stony places where the path was flat
The misty effect make these photos seem like an old painting.
Quotation of the day, author unknown
“ A strong man and a waterfall always channel their own path”
Greetings from Jean.