Winter Alps

 Weak Winter Sun

Weak Winter Sun

Returning to New Zealand after the excitement and color of another adventure in Central Asia can lead to the post trip blues, melancholy and lethargy of spirit - for me at least. This has been somewhat off set this time by the fact that its been winter and now spring, the best time by far for local mountain trips here and usually I’ve had company to help give me some morale. I’ve also been busy writing some post trip articles for various publications and of course already dreaming up the next expedition and that’s really motivational!!

Asian alpine e-news has posted this article below - a more exploration orientated version of my blog and of interest to those who maybe wish to go to the area we explored. Ben also invites anyone who is interested in some more photos of the tour including Jos and his ride to Yushu to join him on Instagram.

http://asian-alpine-e-news.com/asian_alpine_e-new_issue_no35.pdf

https://www.instagram.com/benjaminjhoetjes/

 Back on the local mountain - Arthur!

Back on the local mountain - Arthur!

 Perfect snow - this Winter has seen some very heavy snow falls up top leading to fabulous conditions.

Perfect snow - this Winter has seen some very heavy snow falls up top leading to fabulous conditions.

 Jake regards his boots on a day out in the Nelson lakes

Jake regards his boots on a day out in the Nelson lakes

 Bill climbing Angelus

Bill climbing Angelus

 The ridge.

The ridge.

 And the descent!!

And the descent!!

 With the other Nathan and Jodi

With the other Nathan and Jodi

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the Ellis basin

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some good cornices.along the summit ridge of Mount Arthur

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 Linna and friends out for a hike.

Linna and friends out for a hike.

 Leo and Hamish making toboggan jumps

Leo and Hamish making toboggan jumps

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 In a snow tunnel

In a snow tunnel

 Large avalanche blocks just lying around

Large avalanche blocks just lying around

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Old Ghost Road

Not always in the snow! A reconnaissance for work took me along the old ghost road which is a largely new track along the southern end of the Kahurangi National park. 85 km’s long, its mountain bike-able ride in a day and being still winter I had the track all to myself. In summer it will be rather different - full of hikers and mountain bikers.

 A broken mountain , large land slides throughout the track from earthquakes.

A broken mountain , large land slides throughout the track from earthquakes.

 The trail along the tops.

The trail along the tops.

 Old miners hut

Old miners hut

Compass views of the Local Alps from Mt Arthur

 Western ranges from the summit

Western ranges from the summit

 South Western ranges from SW Arthur

South Western ranges from SW Arthur

 Mount Snowden from west of the ridge line.

Mount Snowden from west of the ridge line.

 Tapuae-o-Uenuku and Alarm from the ridge line looking East

Tapuae-o-Uenuku and Alarm from the ridge line looking East

 Nelson lakes National park looking South from the bush.

Nelson lakes National park looking South from the bush.

 Nelson Lakes and Mount Owen from the ridge line.

Nelson Lakes and Mount Owen from the ridge line.

 Mt Owen looking South from the ridge line.

Mt Owen looking South from the ridge line.

 Full moon rising above the Alps

Full moon rising above the Alps