Sunday, June 21, 2009


We were up at the mountain for the weekend. In the North Island everyone knows where "the mountain" is, Ruapehu. Ruapehu in Maori legend is the broad shouldered partner of Taranaki who dallied with the squat but volatile Tongariro. Now she is the winter playground for thousands of people who flock to the skifields at Turoa and Whakapapa.

For me it was a great place to take a few photos. There are not many places in New Zealand where we humans intrude into the alpine environment as much as at Whakapapa.

For Penny it was a chance to learn some new climbing skills and get to know some more people.

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