25 June 2015

The track to Kiritaki hut

Yesterday I walked up No. 1 Line and carried on along the re-marked track, all the way to the other side of the Ruahine Range, to spend the night at Kiritaki hut. I returned this afternoon.

The walking wasn't easy much of the way, but the reward was spectacular — for the same reason. This photograph shows one of the easier sections, on the way in yesterday.

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Barbara Butler McCoy said...

While your photos are always a joy and a pleasure, it seems that lately your interpretation of your surroundings has changed. There seems to be a 'storytelling' quality and I find it especially inspiring. As for me, that frost makes me sigh. We're headed for 36 degrees C (97F) today here in Atlanta. The summer sky, at temps like that, is so bleached out and the light so harsh that I rarely try to take photos!

Zhoen said...

Barbara is right, there is a narrative to your photos now. And a change in tone.

This is stunning, but maybe I just want some ice.

Lisa Emerson said...

I, too, had been thinking "there's something different about Pete's photographs now" but I hadn't been able to work out what it was - but Barbara, I think you're right. I'd been thinking of - sorry, this is going to sound pretentious, but I don't mean it that way - a mythical element(I want to say 'unearthly, but that's not right because they are grounded in the earth), like the wildness of the Norse myths. But maybe narrative is what it is - and whatever it is is wonderful.

pohanginapete said...

Barbara, Zhoen, and Lisa — this is fascinating, because I hadn't been consciously aware of this narrative quality, yet you've all noticed it. The uncomfortable aspect (for me) is that not only was I not aware of it, but I'm not sure I can maintain it! Perhaps I've just had more stories to tell lately, or maybe I've had the time recently to let the stories develop. Whatever the reason, thanks for pointing it out.

More to come from the walk to Kiritaki — including plenty of ice, Zhoen.

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Pete,
Awesome! Look forward to more. I have done the Maharahara crossing several times but never turned down to Kiritaki. At that time there was a track through the tupare to it. I had heard it was no longer maintained. Hope you brought the big bag e hoa!

pohanginapete said...

Kia ora Robb. Yes, I opted for the big bag and didn't regret the extra weight. I had a fair idea what I'd be in for, and went well prepared with plenty of warm gear.

Tim Koppenhaver said...

Terrific shot Pete.