Occasional Climber

Te HeuHeu SE Ridge, July 2018

Setting off from Tukino Village (1,700m) under full moon, just before sunrise
Te HeuHeu (left) under full moon, just before sunrise
The moon sits just over Paretetaitonga (2,751m), Cathedral Rocks (2,663m) are left of centre and Te HeuHeu (2,732m) right
The moon sits just over Paretetaitonga (2,751m)
A view from about 1,900m, north east to Ngauruhoe
A view from about 1,900m, north east
Te HeuHeu, viewed from about 2,000m on the eastern approach
Te HeuHeu, viewed from about 2,000m on the eastern approach
Te HeuHeu, viewed from about 2,000m on the eastern approach
The SE Ridge of Te HeuHeu, viewed from about 2,000m on the eastern approach. Tukino (2,720m) is lit by the sun on the left
Te HeuHeu, viewed from about 2,100m on the eastern approach
Te HeuHeu, viewed from about 2,150m on the eastern approach
A view from about 2,200m, north east to Ngauruhoe
Ascending the SE Ridge of Te HeuHeu, here at about 2,300m
A view from about 2,300m on the SE Ridge, north east to Ngauruhoe
Approaching the first little ice pitch at about 2,500m, on the SE Ridge
Climbing the first little ice pitch at about 2,500m, on the SE Ridge
At about 2,550m on the SE Ridge
At about 2,600m on the SE Ridge
Approaching the second larger ice pitch at about 2,670m on the SE Ridge
Beneath the second larger ice pitch at about 2,670m on the SE Ridge. This can be bypassed by skirting out to the right and rejoining the ridge on the western side
Climbing the western side of the summit ridge of Te HeuHeu, here at about 2,700m. Ruapehu's summit plateau unfolds behind
Approaching the summit of Te HeuHeu (2,732m)
A view of Ngauruhoe (2,287m), from the summit of Te HeuHeu
A view from the icy saddle between Te HeuHeu and Tukino, across the plateau to Tahurangi (2,797m)
Looking to Te HeuHeu (2,732m) from the exposed summit of Tukino (2,720m)
The view south and west from the summit of Tukino
A view of Ngauruhoe (2,287m), from the summit of Tukino
A lightshow unfolds in the early afternoon, as spindrift and the steep south face of Tukino catch the sun. Te HeuHeu is far right
A lightshow unfolds in the early afternoon, as spindrift and the steep south face of Tukino catch the sun
Ringatoto (Mitre) Peak (2,591m - left) and ice encrusted Cathedral Rocks (2,663m - right)
Ice encrusted Cathedral Rocks

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