Ascent of Tapuae-o-Uenuku on 2009-12-27

Climber: Bob Kerr

Date:Sunday, December 27, 2009
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Location:New Zealand
    Elevation:8202 ft / 2499 m

Ascent Trip Report

Our high point was the col at 2500m. Weather conditions were deteriorating. We were at the cloud base and it looked like heavy rain was about to commence. We baled out and got back to the hut in pouring rain. Thankfully we managed to get across the river to the hut before the river levels were dangerously high. The following day we decided to walk out, instead of reattempting the summit, as there was a period of prolonged rain forecast which would have made it dangerous to walk back out (also my wee brother had to get out to attend a wedding). This mountain had the most amount of river crossings that I have ever encountered. In total we made in the region of 200 river crossings - we spent more time in the water than out of it I think. A NZ Falcon also tried to attack us twice in one of the gorges. Beautiful scenery and great experience - I'll need to go back and attempt this summit again one day :-)
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Hut Camp

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