To Cantabrians it’s part of their backyard. To trampers more generally, a nice excursion in summer and a great training climb for novices in winter. The main routes on Mount Somers are certainly not technical, but its landscape offers more than you might expect.

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Peter Laurenson is a member of the Wellington section of the New Zealand Alpine Club and editor of FMC’s Backcountry.

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