Peter is a keen tramper, climber and outdoor photographer. He has been an NZAC member since 2002 and is now Editor of Vertigo - the Wellington Section's monthly bulletin. In the past four years, he has also judged the Wellington Section NZAC photo competition. He is a regular contributor to Wilderness Magazine and publishes a calendar each year. The calendar can be ordered, and many of his trip reports and images can be viewed at https://www.occasionalclimber.co.nz/words-with-pictures/calendars/
With some relief we unlinked from our last four man river fording formation. Now safely on the true left of Ellis River, we knew there was only the gravel of Baton Valley Road between us and a warm shower, dry clothes and a good feed in Nelson.
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.