04 January 2014

Typical Ruahine tops weather — the track to Leon Kinvig hut

The weather might have been glorious for most of New Year's Day, but later in the evening it deteriorated. Heavy rain set in, and although it stopped just on dark, the tops remained clagged in throughout the following day. I climbed into this kind of weather on the way out, and for the last half hour as I approached the crest of the Ngamoko Range (an offshoot of the Ruahine Range, but actually much higher than the main range), I had to work hard to stay upright. I know the track well, though, and was well equipped, and that kind of challenge can be exhilarating.

This photograph looks down the track, back towards the headwaters of the Pohangina. Somewhere a long way below lies Leon Kinvig hut.

[2 January 2014, Olympus OM-D EM-1, 12-40 mm f2.8 at 12 mm, ISO 200, 1/50 at f8]

All content © 2014 Pete McGregor


Elephant's Child said...

Wow. And I envy you the rain. How I envy it.

Relatively Retiring said...

It's not a happy thought to imagine a lone wanderer up there, even if he claims to know the area and be well equipped.
A frightening photograph!

E.C. - I wish I could send you a few bucketsful from England-Sub-Mare.

Zhoen said...

Careful, looks like a door into Faerie, at least on certain days.

pohanginapete said...

EC — I think we're getting your share of the rain as well as our own. Sorry :^(

RR, I'm more comfortable there in those conditions than in many cities — probably safer, too. I guess it's what one's used to.

Zhoen, true. The imagination could run riot.