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BaarbWill return
Date Climbed: Dec 31, 2013


Hiked up to the dome lookout in the crater, starting from Iwikau Village on the north side via Knoll Ridge. No chair lift going at the time so added an extra couple of hours. Plenty of slighty slushy snow from the end of Knoll Ridge upwards which crampons helped with but most people didn't use them by sticking to rock outcrops. Awesome views at the top as weather only a little cloudy. Certainly worth a revisit to poke around the crater some more and try and head up to the true summit.
Posted Jan 1, 2014 7:44 am

ManyGlacierMountaineerRuapehu  Sucess!


2012 - w/ Xenja Poljakowa, from Whakapapa Ski Area. Simply amazing and equally as memorable as the Tongariro Crossing, with far less people. The steaming crater lake and glacier calving into it were amazing.
Posted Feb 24, 2013 10:59 pm

atavistNorth Island Delight  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2012


6 hours round trip to the true summit from the Whakapapa Ski Area Parking lot. Loads of people rode the chairlift and hiked to the rim and on to the shelter overlooking the lake but only 2 other people made it beyond the shelter. When I hit the glacier I trended up and to the right going wide around the lake to hit the ridge. I followed the exposed ridge for several hundred meters over a lower summit finally to the highpoint. Then I downclimbed the face and cut straight across the glacier on the way back.

"Crampons aren't strictly necessary. Just put one foot in front of the other, try not to fall and Bob's your uncle!"

Notes: The crater lake is gorgeous and there are even a few crevasses. I felt a bit noxious from the volcanic fumes while crossing the dry crater just before the lake. The final summit block is a great finish to the climb, very steep but very solid volcanic formation.
Posted Apr 16, 2012 1:52 am

dacomLoved it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2009


Perfect visibility!
Posted Feb 10, 2010 12:20 am

lalpinistGood afternoon adventure  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 25, 2008


Three of us climbed this from the Ski area parking lot. It took about 2.5 hours and the views were spectacular with views of surrounding mountains, glaicers, alpine lake with a waterfall, and the path of the recent lahar. There was a cold wind, but it was sunny until about 3pm, when it started to rain and sleet. This peak is well worth the effort.
Posted Feb 29, 2008 6:34 pm

boisedoccouldnt see  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 19, 1995


climbed it not long before it erupted. There was essentially no view from the crater rim and I was never sure if I reached the absolute summit.
Posted Apr 7, 2007 2:17 am

JuhoRoute: Skyline Ridge (Turoa)
Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2006


Perfect visibility, hard ice and gusty winds.
Posted Sep 29, 2006 5:46 am

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