Thursday, December 26, 2013

Contrast

I thought I'd follow up the previous post with some photos of what the Darran mountains look like when you can actually see the tops of the peaks. This morning's forecast for dry, stable weather over northern Fiordland prompted me to grab my pack and bolt for the hills. On days like this the big granite walls, steep sided pinnacles and hanging icefields lose their sense of forboding. It seems you could simply wander at will, scrambling up peaks and traversing snowy ridges, making grand enchainments. Indeed on a day like this with a partner, rope and rack, the possibilties for challenging and interesting circuits are endless.