Tuesday, January 26, 2010

More photographic aspects of my recent Rees to Dart tramping trip

Last week it was easy to simply indulge in my penchant for New Zealand landscape photography and publish what I'd call the classic landscape images I made, but this week I've decided to introduce the people element to show another side to this glorious wander..

Mandy, Glenn, Tom and Dougal...
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Glenn and Mandy lunching in the near derelict 25 Mile Hut in the Rees...
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Glenn and 25 Mile Hut...
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The first true alpine meadow we encountered on our first [exhausting] day in the Rees...
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A welcome sight - Shelter Rock Hut in the Rees...
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The next day fellow tramper Michelle and myself found ourselves accompanying each other to Snowy Saddle - there were many in front of us and some behind, but being spread out was great...
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Michelle silhouetted on a bump just above the saddle...
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Greta, Bronny and Michelle - our companions found on the trail and we've travelled together for a couple of days. They were great company...
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A bull chamois near Dart Hut...
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Tom, Andrew and Dougal - our boys on this trip, as part of their Duke Of Ed. Award they're seeking. Cory was running late for this photo and can be seen below...
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Typical travel down the Dart - Mandy and Glenn...
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A well used huge 10 star bivy rock by Cattle Flat in the Dart...
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A friendly Robin...
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Sandy Bluff has to be surmounted so-to-speak on the long walk down the Dart, but the views are worth the puffing and the track blasted into the rock bluffs is spectacular...
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Glenn...
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This jet boat signified to us that we were near the end of our tramp...
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To me the Dart is one of New Zealand's wildest most beautiful rivers, but it's not one I'd care to tangle with when it's in this mood...
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Back out on the road I stopped my truck for a view backwards and to make a picture of Mt. Chaos left, and Poseidon Peak for fellow mt.eer/blogger Bob [Bob help yourself to a copy]...
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The trip over the crew transfers gear into our two vehicles - one left at each end...
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Thanks team for an awesome little adventure - I'd go anywhere with you anytime :)

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4 Comments:

Blogger Bob McKerrow said...

Wonderful photos Donald, and thanks for the great photo of Poseidon. Looks impressive. Bob

January 28, 2010 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Ruahines said...

Kia ora Donald,
Great photos and a real sense of an awesome trip and great community in our mountain environments. Trips like these are the real reason we need to preseve, protect, and honour our wild places. Thanks for a great virtual trip.
Cheers,
Robb

January 29, 2010 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Tenalquot said...

Hello,

Found your page while searching for recent images of "25 Mile Hut." I spent a rainy night there in 1991 and it was a wreck then. But it was great to get a chance to stay in an original old time back country hut- it's too bad no one is taking it on as preservation project.

Ed Echtle, Tacoma, USA

April 23, 2010 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger Donald said...

Hi Ed

Yes, it'd be a palace in the rain! And it's in a good sheltered situation as well. However it'd probably be of more use if it was further up the valley - maybe where the Nat. Park begins, and this might be why it's not been restored.

Cheers

Donald

April 23, 2010 at 7:12 PM  

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