Occasional Climber

Mt Owen and Billies Knob, April 2015

Crossing Wangapeka River on the approach
Forest along Nuggety Creek
Looking up the ridge leading south
Looking back down the ridge towards the car park (330m), at about 750m
On the trail at 1,250m, beneath Billies Knob (1,648m - left)
Looking north towards Culliford Hill (1,756m - centre)
View east of Granity Pass Hut (1,200m)
Looking north-east down the ridge above Granity Pass Hut, with Billies Knob directly behind
Looking south, the first view of Mt Owen (1,875m - highest point on skyline) from the saddle at 1,550m. Replica Hill (1,822m) is right and Pisa (1,750m) is left
Pisa (1,750m) looms above the tarn to the south
From the trail crossing the flats before the climb on Mt Owen's limestone
Looking north across one of the tarns beneath Mt Owen
Mt Bell (1,857m) to the east is reflected in this tarn
A view north east, back to the saddle, from the flanks of Mt Owen
Mt Bell, from about 1,600m on Mt Owen
Summit view (1,875m) east, with Mt Bell far left
Summit view north east
Summit view north, with Mt Bell (1,857m) right and Culliford Hill (1,758m) distant centre
Summit view south
Pockets of snow on the summit
Mt Bell on the descent from Mt Owen
Mt Bell bathed in dusk light
Mt Bell, bathed in dusk light, provides a striking contrast to the limestone labyrinth on Mt Owen's flanks
Evening fog rolls over the hills beneath Mt Bell
View north from beneath Mt Owen, to the saddle
View south east to Mt Bell
A shooting star at dusk, looking north west
Evening fog conceals the ridge leading back to Granity Pass Hut 300 metres below
View north towards Granity Pass Hut, concealed in fog
At 1,600m, looking south along the ridge leading to the summit of Billies Knob (1,648m)
Billies Knob (1,648m) summit view of Mt Owen (1,875m - left ) and Replica Hill (1,822m - centre). The ridge leading up from Granity Pass Hut starts at bottom right, curving left up to the saddle beneath Mt Owen
Mt Owen (1,875m - left ) and Replica Hill (1,822m - centre), from Billies Knob
View west from Billies Knob
View north east to the Richmond Range, from Billies Knob

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