Climbing  Craters in the snow

The moonless crystal clear sky offered the most vivid view of the Milky Way I’d ever seen.

That’s saying something – I’ve enjoyed that spectacle many times from some other fabulous locations. I couldn’t seem to get my violent shivering under control though. Up there at just over 1,800 metres in a dip between Tongariro’s summit and the outer rim of North Crater it was well below freezing, so that wasn’t a surprise, but why was I hyperventilating?

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