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Ascent of Mount Ruapehu on 2009-10-24

Climber: Jack Magill

Others in Party:Marcus
Craig x 2
Scot
Werner
Jon
Date:Saturday, October 24, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Ski Lift
Peak:Mount Ruapehu
    Location:New Zealand
    Elevation:2797 m / 9177 ft

Ascent Trip Report

The summit of Ruapehu is a long hard slog from Turoa side of the mountain with little respite unlike the Whakapapa side which offers the occaisional piece of level terrain. The climb was uneventfull but as inspiring as always. Made a little harder and frustrating because of the changing condition of the snowpack ice, brittle crust, soft snow and so on. From Tahurangi Craig Scot, Werner and myself went on to summit Mitre Peak leaving Girdlestone for another day. Weather clagged in creating white out conditions on the decent from the summit to the top of the chair lifts.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
Fine
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Sunrise Ridge
    Trailhead:Turoa Ski Field  
    Time Up:3 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics



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