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  • Schrund

    Crossing the bergschrund beneath Mt Dixon

  • Moon light

    En route to Mt Dixon, Grand Plateau, Mt Cook NP

  • Cinerama Col

    With the Caroline face of Aoraki Mt Cook

  • Light show

    Mounts Cook and Tasman at dawn

  • Malte Brun

    And range, from Plateau Hut, Mt Cook NP

  • Crossing

    Dodging crevasses on the Grand Plateau, Mt Cook NP

  • Mini rap

    On the south ridge of Mt Travers, Nelson Lakes

  • Travers dawn

    The south ridge of Mt Travers, Nelson Lakes

  • The Apprentice

    Apprentice summit view south and west, Lewis Tops

  • Brass Monkey Biv

    Bottom right, Lewis Tops

  • Mt Somers

    View north and west, Canterbury

  • Summit view

    From Mt Haast, near Lewis Pass

  • Arthur’s Pass

    Viewed from Bealey Spur

  • Yes!

    On top of Mt Brewster (2,515m)

  • Final pitch

    30 metres more to reach the summit of Mt Brewster

  • Aspiring dusk

    Mt Brewster (right) and Top Heavy at sunset, Aspiring National Park

  • Rome Ridge

    Climbing towards Mt Rolleston’s Low Peak, New Zealand

  • Summit

    On the summit of Mt Rolleston, Arthurs Pass

  • Vertical

    Ice climbing above Bush Stream, Mt Cook NP

  • Idyllic

    Dusk view to Mt Kendall, Kahurangi NP, New Zealand

  • Etheral

    Sunset over the Scarlet Range and Mt Herbert, Kahurangi NP

  • Kahurangi

    Biggs Tops view to the Scarlett Range (left), Mt Herbert and Mt Kendall (right)

  • Patriarch

    On the Arthur Range, looking to Mt Patriarch, Kahurangi NP

  • Razor

    At 1,400m on Mitre Peak, Milford Sound, Fiordland

  • Serenity

    Beneath Ball Pass, Aoraki Mt Cook National Park

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    Northeast ridge, Mt Travers, Nelson Lakes

  • Metelille Glacier

    View from the southern edge of Annette Plateau

  • Annette Plateau

    Dawn view to Mts Sefton and Cook

  • In the crux

    Finding a route up Mt Kitchener, Mt Cook National Park

  • Above the blanket

    On top of Mt Sebastopol, looking north to Mt Cook and the Main Divide

  • Traverse Pass

    On the traverse towards Mount Talbot, Darran mountains

  • Mt McPherson

    McPherson summit view north and west, Darran mountains

  • Fiordland

    View northwest from Key Summit to Mt Crosscut, Marian Peak and Mt Lyttle

  • Key Summit

    View west from Key Summit to Mt Suter, Mt Christina and Mt Crosscut, Fiordland

  • Hopeful

    Climbing towards the Quarterdeck, French Ridge

  • French Ridge Hut, Aspiring National Park

  • Glass

    A roadside lake near Omarama

  • Summits ahead

    On Wakefield Ridge, looking north and east, with Aoraki Mount Cook looming above

  • On Wakefield Ridge, looking north west towards the summit, with Mount Sefton and the Footstool at left

  • On Wakefield Ridge, looking at the Sealy Range and Mount Sefton, far right

  • Aoraki Mount Cook, beyond Lake Pukaki at sunset

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    Cloudy Peak

    Cloudy Peak (2,403m), Canterbury high country

  • Darrans drama

    Above Gertrude saddle, Fiordland

  • Into the light

    Above Gertrude Saddle, Fiordland

  • Straddling the ribbon

    On Talbots Ladder, above Homer Tunnel

  • Sentinel

    Mt Rolleston towers above Arthurs Pass

  • Wading

    Deep snow in the Otira Valley, Arthurs Pass

  • Kahurangi curves

    Mount Bell (1,857m), Kahurangi National Park

  • Beyond the labyrinth

    Mount Owen’s limestone, with Mt Bell beyond

  • Rainbow route

    Climbing a new route on Mt Sibbald (2,811m)

  • Reward

    On top of Mt Forbes (2,583m)

  • Boulder hopping

    Approaching Separation Glacier

  • Hogsback

    Impressive weather cloaks Mt Tasman

  • En-route

    On the north-west ridge of Mt Brewster

  • Summit view

    From Mt Armstrong, looking towards Mt Brewster

  • Approach

    Below Brewster Hut on the approach to Mount Brewster

  • Dawn

    Lake Matheson, West Coast

  • Red divide

    View near Pioneer Hut, Southern Alps, NZ

  • Ascending

    Chancellor Dome, West Coast, NZ

  • Kea Point

  • Hooker Glacier

  • Cloud Piercer

    Mt Cook viewed from Lake Pukaki

  • Aoraki

    Viewed from the Hooker River

  • Aoraki Mt Cook

    The classic Hermitage view, NZ

  • Mounts Sefton and Cook

  • Angelus

    Lake and Peak, Nelson Lakes, NZ

  • The classic U

    Milford Sound, NZ

  • Wet

    Milford Sound, NZ

  • The Darrans

    Approaching Talbot’s Ladder, Fiordland, NZ

  • Lake Hayes

    Queenstown, NZ

  • Lake Hayes

    Queenstown, NZ

  • Remarkable

    Lake Wakatipu, viewed from the Remarkables, Queenstown, NZ

  • Dusk

    View towards Glenorchy and Mount Earnslaw

  • Main Divide

    View to the main divide from the top of Ben Lomond

  • Remarkables and more

    From the summit of Ben Lomond, Queenstown, NZ

  • Descent

    From Mueller Hut, Mount Cook National Park

  • Hard to beat

    View northwest above the summit rocks, Mount Cook

  • Mounts Cook, Silberhorn & Tasman

    From Plateau Hut

  • The 3000ers

    Aoraki dominates this view of the main divide, NZ

  • On top

    Chancellor Dome

  • Look west

    From Pioneer Hut, West Coast, NZ

  • Tasman

    And Pioneer Hut

  • Tread with care

    Beneath Mount Tasman on the Fox Neve

  • Dawn sentinels

    View from Esquilant bivvy, Aspiring National Park, NZ

  • Summit view

    From Mount Earnslaw, Aspiring National Park, NZ

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