Occasional Climber

Tongariro crater circuit, August 2017

Tongariro (left) and Ngauruhoe, from the south end access road to the Tongariro Crossing
Mangatepopo Hut (1,190m) and the ridge leading to the summit of Tongariro
At about 1,400m, looking to Tongariro (left) and Ngauruhoe
At about 1,700m, looking to Ngauruhoe (left) and Ruapehu
At about 1,800m, looking to Ngauruhoe (left) and Ruapehu
Mount Ruapehu (2,797m)
At about 1,900m, with Ruapehu behind
On the summit ridge of Tongariro at about 1,950m
Just beneath the summit of Tongariro
On Tongariro's summit (1,967m), with Ngauruhoe (2,287m) behind
On Tongariro's summit (1,967m)
Sunset at our camp (1,820m) between Tongariro and the North Crater rim
Sunset at our camp (1,820m) between Tongariro (behind) and the North Crater
Mount Taranaki from our campsite, sunset
Dawn on North Crater's southern rim (1,909m). Tongariro's (1,967m) and Ngauruhoe's (2,287m) summits behind
Dawn on North Crater's southern rim (1,909m), looking northwest
Dawn on North Crater's southern rim (1,909m), looking northwest
Dawn on North Crater's southern rim (1,909m), looking north
Dawn on North Crater's southern rim (1,909m), looking north
Dawn on North Crater's southern rim (1,909m), looking east
Mount Taranaki at dawn, from North Crater's southern rim
Our camp (1,820m) between Tongariro and the North Crater rim, waiting for the sun to warm things up
Relieved of its fly, our tent tries to make its escape in the morning breeze
Back on North Crater's southern rim
Mount Taranaki from North Crater's rim
North Crater
Making our way around North Crater, with Mount Taranaki in the distance
Making our way around North Crater, with Ngauruhoe's summit behind
The wide flat expanse (1,850m) to the northeast of North Crater
The wide flat expanse (1,850m) to the northeast of North Crater
At the east side of the North Crater Plateau, looking towards Ketetahi and Lake Taupo
Looking southeast to the Blue Lake and Rotopaunga (1,856m, left)
Descending the steepest section on this route, off North Crater Plateau to the Tongariro Crossing's northern exit trail
On the western rim of Blue Lake, heading up towards Rotopaunga
Tackling a short steep icy section coming off Rotopaunga, as we circled Blue Lake on the eastern side
Heading around the eastern side of Blue Lake, with Red Crater, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu ahead
Heading around the eastern side of Blue Lake with, from left, Ruapehu, Red Crater, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro ahead
On the 1,850m high point beyond the southern end of Blue Lake, looking southwest to Red Crater, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu
On the 1,850m high point beyond the southern end of Blue Lake looking southwest to, from left,  Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, Red Crater, Tongariro, North Crater Plateau and Rotopaunga. Central Crater and Blue Lake are in the foreground
Our lunch spot on the un-named 1,850m high point south of Blue Lake
From left - Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Red Crater
Red Crater and Ngauruhoe
Red Crater, with three tiny figures enjoying the view from the top
Nearing the top of Red Crater (1,868m), with the un-named 1,850m high point behind
A view south across Red Crater to Ngauruhoe
A view south across Red Crater to Ngauruhoe
A view north from Red Crater to, from left, North Crater Plateau, Rotopaunga and the un-named 1,850m high point. Central Crater and Blue Lake are in the foreground
Dropping off Red Crater towards South Crater and Ngauruhoe
Tongariro and the ridge leading down to Mangatepopo Stream and Hut, viewed from the east on the southern section of the Tongariro Crossing

Read about it
Crater country Vertigo Sep 17
Early bird Wilderness Magazine Oct 17

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