Tararua tops  Chasing the fifteenth

In pursuit of the Tararuas’ fifteen points above 1,500 metres

Hmmm, I don’t fancy down climbing that, not on my own at least. But if retracing my steps isn’t an option, then the ‘worst trail in the Tararuas’ is my alternative route out now – buggar! Back in August I had been this way before, hoping to get on top of the four points over fifteen hundred metres in the Tararuas that I hadn’t yet reached – there are fifteen in all. Back then poor weather and storm damage on the ‘worst trail’, not far on from Cow Creek Hut, had broken my resolve. Now in December, with a lot more daylight to play with and no slippery snow and ice, it dawned on me that I had had a lucky escape in August.

For a route map and more images www.occasionalclimber.co.nz
For a route map and more images www.occasionalclimber.co.nz
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