Occasional Climber

Mitre Peak, January 2018

Mitre Peak (1,683m) at dawn
Bowen Falls (163m)
Looking back to Milford Sound before plunging in to the dense Fiordland bush
Heading to the trail head just north of Sinbad Gully stream, after our water taxi dropoff
Climbing often near vertical bush on the first steep section up to the 541m point
Our first good view of the upper section of Mitre Peak from the Footstool (835m)
Back into the dense bush, dropping about 150m before climbing again to 730m to our campsite
Leaving the bushline at about 950m
Looking north west up the ridge to a steep snowgrass covered section leading to the jagged, relatively horizontal ridge section
At the base of the horizontal section, looking back down the ridge to Milford Sound
At about 1,150m on the horizontal ridge, looking south east to Milford Sound
Near the notch at the far end of the horizontal section, about 1,250m
Near the notch at the far end of the horizontal section, about 1,250m
Looking back down the ridge from near the notch at about 1,250m
Just before the notch at 1,300m, with the upper section of Mitre Peak behind
A view down the ridge to Milford Sound from about 1,250m
A view down the ridge to Milford Sound from about 1,200m
Over a vertical kilometre below a gigantic cruise ship looks like a bath tub toy
Our camp at 730m
One of the locals pays us a visit at camp
Bivvying down for the night, along with several thousand sand flies
Dawn from just above the tree line, looking back to Milford Sound. Up we went again now that the wind had dropped overnight
A view back down the ridge from about 1,300m, just before the notch
A view back down the ridge from about 1,300m, just before the notch
Looking down from the east side of the notch, with the crux of the upper section of Mitre Peak stretching upwards on the far side
A view from the bottom of the notch looking up the east (lower) side
Leaving the steepest crux portion directly above the notch, at about 1,350m
Leaving the steepest crux portion directly above the notch, at about 1,350m
Looking up the ridge at about 1,430m - the point where we decided to turn around because the climb was taking too long for us to be able to make our 5pm water taxi pickup, if we had continued
The view back down Mitre Peak's knife edged ridge from our high point at 1,430m
Looking down to the notch from the its upper side
Descending the crux on the upper side of the notch
Descending the crux on the upper side of the notch
Descending the crux on the upper side of the notch
Looking north from Homer Hut, our base before and after the climb, at sunset
Looking north from Homer Hut, early morning
Christie Falls, about 9km south east of Homer Hut along the Milford Road

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