Ruapehu  Climbing Te HeuHeu’s SE Ridge

Just as I thought what lay above wasn’t the prettiest icescape I’d seen, Simon paraphrased for me. “This ice is sh#t.” He was busily hacking away at brittle rime ice on steep volcanic rock. Ice fragments flew everywhere.

There did appear to be a kind of shelf system zigzagging up from our point at 2,670m towards the summit of Te HeuHeu, some sixty metres higher. But yes, it wasn’t pretty.

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