Occasional Climber

Junction Top, June 2015

On the trail up through beech forest from the carpark at 680m
Just beneath Umukarikari Peak (1,591m)
After a descent of about 300 metres off the eastern end of Umukarikari Ridge, Waipakihi Hut (1,100m) and Waipakihi River are reached
Crossing Waipakihi River
A view back to the eastern end of Umukarikari Ridge, from about 1,150 metres on the ascent to Junction Top
Another view back to Umukarikari Ridge, this time at about 1,250 metres
At about 1,450 metres en route to Junction Top
On Junction Top (1,605m). not the most memorable conditions for a high point
From 1,300 metres on Umukarikari Ridge, looking back to Waipakihi Hut and the Kaimanawa Middle Range. Junction Top is above the Hut on the skyline
First glimpse of Ngauruhoe on the return along Umukarikari Ridge
Ruapehu from Umukarikari Ridge, east of Umukarikari Peak
View from Umukarikari Peak back to Makorako Peak (1,726m - highest point in the Kaimanawas)
Looking west from Umukarikari Peak
Departing Umukarikari Peak with Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe ahead
Tongariro National Park vista from about 1,400 metres on Umukarikari Ridge
Tongariro National Park vista from about 1,300 metres on Umukarikari Ridge
Looking east to the Kaimanawas. Umukarikari peak is the hump second from left on the skyline
At the bush line (1,250m)


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