Fresh snow under a full moon.

 Jake falling in a Karst crevasse - the largest cave system in the Southern hemisphere lies under our local Arthur/ Marino mountain range's and holes are many and deep. Soft snow can make for rather treacherous trekking at times!!

Jake falling in a Karst crevasse - the largest cave system in the Southern hemisphere lies under our local Arthur/ Marino mountain range's and holes are many and deep. Soft snow can make for rather treacherous trekking at times!!

An early winter maybe?? , certainly some good snow for late autumn and a boon for myself in motivating me to get out into the local mountains. With an upcoming trip in July training this last month has been full on both biking and in the mountains. But the high light and all the pictures are of just a few days in local alpine pastures where fresh snow has completely transformed the landscapes.

 A feature or maybe even the feature of New Zealand mountains is their close proximity to the sea. I'm looking back along the ridge of Mount Angelus to Kadin and Jos and far in the distance is Tasman bay gleaming golden. Although it looked as though the sun was setting it was actually mid day.   

A feature or maybe even the feature of New Zealand mountains is their close proximity to the sea. I'm looking back along the ridge of Mount Angelus to Kadin and Jos and far in the distance is Tasman bay gleaming golden. Although it looked as though the sun was setting it was actually mid day.

 

 nice 

nice 

 Jos looking very much like a character from the Scottish highlands.

Jos looking very much like a character from the Scottish highlands.

 still daylight on local Mt Arthur

still daylight on local Mt Arthur

 An hour later the full moon

An hour later the full moon

 a lonely cornice

a lonely cornice

 Heading towards a traverse of peak 1926 

Heading towards a traverse of peak 1926 

 Kadin climbing a steep snow gully with Jos behind. These guys give me a run and its not overly often I get top look back down at them.

Kadin climbing a steep snow gully with Jos behind. These guys give me a run and its not overly often I get top look back down at them.

 Not the place to slide , Lake Rotorua far below.

Not the place to slide , Lake Rotorua far below.

 Campsite under a full moon.

Campsite under a full moon.

 and under the sun 

and under the sun 

 No alpine start here , way to cold for that.

No alpine start here , way to cold for that.

 Jos and Kadin

Jos and Kadin

 A fine ridge

A fine ridge

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Lunch with a view