Spring Flings In the top of the South

Elliot , Vicho and Sergio celebrate with snowflakes on the summit of Angelus

Elliot , Vicho and Sergio celebrate with snowflakes on the summit of Angelus

Spring 

Its been almost 2 1/2 months since returning to New Zealand and spring is a good season to be out. This year the weather has been warmer and more settled than the last , perhaps not a perfect spring but much easier to get out nonetheless.  With Mount Arthur still under a snowy veil it provided ideal training once or twice a week with some trips down to the Nelson lakes when I can manage and  I've almost always had company this year! _ - another change from the last when almost every trip was solo.  There is a small band of keen outdoors types to head out with often giving not only company but a different perspective of the mountain's. Soon I will be flat out with my job as walking guide in the Kahurangi National park over the summer but still hoping for a few more quick mountain bash's before been engulfed by "bush" tramps as we call forest hikes here down under.

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Segio on Cyrstal peak above Lake Tennyson 

Heading up the Turk ridge 

Heading up the Turk ridge 

Descent of Dora 

Descent of Dora 

Elliot , glissading down Dora

Elliot , glissading down Dora

River crossings , a regular feature of local mountain access 

River crossings , a regular feature of local mountain access 

Acess to the river valleys - by bike!!

Acess to the river valleys - by bike!!

Nelson lakes peaks in Spring 

Nelson lakes peaks in Spring 

Paske Hut , below a mounatin wall

Paske Hut , below a mounatin wall

Very striking Mount Paske

Very striking Mount Paske

Peak 1926 sports an array of small avalanches , traversing the ridge with Ashley we had either loose rock or snow to contend with

Peak 1926 sports an array of small avalanches , traversing the ridge with Ashley we had either loose rock or snow to contend with

South face of Angelus

South face of Angelus

A view on the tops

A view on the tops

And from below

And from below

Heading out , early in the day

Heading out , early in the day

Coulior climbing

Coulior climbing

Kaydin on the local peaks , Kahurangi National park

Kaydin on the local peaks , Kahurangi National park

With Kaydin and Ashley on tricky steep snow grass country. 

With Kaydin and Ashley on tricky steep snow grass country. 

In the Limestone Karst lower down

In the Limestone Karst lower down

Finding a Pinnacle

Finding a Pinnacle

Higher up

Higher up

passing the Sharks tooth 

passing the Sharks tooth 

Getting snowed in during a late winter storm

Getting snowed in during a late winter storm

early spring on the tops

early spring on the tops

Looking down to Crystal peak at the end of Lake Tennyson

Looking down to Crystal peak at the end of Lake Tennyson

Above Lake tennyson Leo and Isabelle go exploring - gathering rocks indeed

Above Lake tennyson Leo and Isabelle go exploring - gathering rocks indeed

Lovely Mt Una  at sunset 

Lovely Mt Una  at sunset