Occasional Climber

Mt Taranaki via Fantham’s Peak, Jul 2019

Looking northwest at dawn, from near Hooker Shelter (1,150m) to the summit of Mt Taranaki (far right, 2,518m) and Fantham's Peak (1,950m). For July the snowline was high and snow cover was thin and frozen solid, making a very straightforward climb feel edgier than normal
A view east from a little below Kapuni Lodge (1,300m)
The south side of the top 500m of Mt Taranaki
A view of Mt Taranaki from the high point (1,966m) on the south side of Fantham's Peak
A view north to Mt Taranaki and east to Syme Hut
The ghostly looking rime ice that forms on the western end of Syme Hut
A view from Syme Hut (1,950m) to the south face of Mt Taranaki
Mt Taranaki and Syme Hut from a high point on the western edge of Fantham's Peak
Syme Hut (1,950m)
Ice formations on Fantham's Peak
A view from about 2,100m on the climb of the south face, above Syme Hut
A view from about 2,200m on the climb of the south face, above Syme Hut
Looking northeast to the main summit (left) and the Shark's Tooth (centre), after just breaching the crater rim above the south face
Looking northeast to the main summit (2,518m) and the Shark's Tooth (2,510m - right)
On the main summit, taking photos of the Shark's tooth, just across the crater, to the east
Descending the south face, here at about 2,400m
Looking east and down to Syme Hut, on the descent of the south face
Looking east and down to Syme Hut, on the descent of the south face
The rime ice formations on the western end of Syme Hut, at dusk
Shaun Barnett in action at sunset, with Mt Taranaki and the rime ice of Syme Hut
The view west to Bob's Ridge at sunset, from beside Syme Hut
The view west to Bob's Ridge at sunset, from beside Syme Hut
Taking a load off while contemplating Bob's Ridge, at sunset
The view north to Mt Taranaki and east to the rising sun and Mt Ruapehu, from near Syme Hut
From left, Mounts Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu, from Fantham's Peak at dawn
Looking south across the sastrugi on Fantham's Peak, at dawn. Mt Ruapehu is far left on the horizon
Looking east, across Fantham's Peak, at dawn to, from left, Mounts Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu
Looking east, across Fantham's Peak, at dawn to, from left, Mounts Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu
Looking north and east from the western edge of Fantham's Peak to Mt Taranaki, at dawn
Looking north and east from the southern edge of Fantham's Peak to Mt Taranaki, at sunrise
Looking east, across Fantham's Peak, at sunrise, to Mounts Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu
Looking east, beyond rime ice on Fantham's Peak, at sunrise, to Mounts Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu
Looking north and east from the southern edge of Fantham's Peak to Mt Taranaki, at sunrise. The shadow of Mt Taranaki is far left
Looking east, from Fantham's Peak at dawn to, from left, Mounts Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu
Mt Taranaki and Syme Hut, after sunrise
Looking east, from Fantham's Peak after sunrise to, from left, Mounts Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu
Viewed from Fantham's Peak at sunrise, to the south and over 1,000m below, are the Beehives (closest 952m and 869m). Lake Dive and Lake Dive Hut are in shadow in the foreground
Syme Hut and Mt Taranaki after sunrise, Fantham's Peak
Heading east to descend from Fantham's Peak, with Mounts Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu on the horizon
Heading east to descend from Fantham's Peak, with Mounts Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu on the horizon
Looking southeast, at about 1,650m, on the descent of Fantham's Peak
A view southwest from about 1,300m, to Lake Dive and Hut (900m)
Lake Dive and Hut (900m)
The south side of Mt Taranaki, reflected on Lake Dive
A mirror reflection on Lake Dive
Lake Dive Hut (900m) and Mt Taranaki (main summit - 2,518m and Fantham's Peak, right - 1,950m)

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