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David MortensenTongariro Crossing
Date Climbed: Apr 6, 2016

David Mortensen

I hiked the crossing with my family. I loved being in LOTR terrain. The Emerald lakes were amazing. I highly recommend doing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
Posted Apr 4, 2016 12:37 am

gimpilator25 Peaks in 3 weeks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 3, 2016


full trip report
Posted Mar 24, 2016 9:43 pm

apachedinoNicce side trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 8, 2015


Another nice side trip. Nobody actually out there when I got there. Nice to escape the hordes for a minute with some very nice views. LOTS of stange aphidy beatle like critters at this particular spot. ALL over my clothes, like thousands. Didnt bite though.
Posted Jul 13, 2015 12:08 pm

ajberryOn Crossing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 17, 2015


Detour on the overly crowded crossing (nice, if nothing else, to get away from the hordes). Cloud down so no views.
Posted Jan 19, 2015 6:40 pm

ManyGlacierMountaineerTongariro Crossing (Mountaineer version)  Sucess!


2012 - w/ Xenja Poljakowa

Climbed Ngaurahoe earlier in the day and completed the crossing.
Posted Feb 24, 2013 10:55 pm

fubar7500Tongariro Crossing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 29, 2013


Side trip on wodnerful Tongariro Crossing.
Posted Feb 9, 2013 7:36 am

FletchVery fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2010


wife's first winter-esque climb. fun!
Posted Nov 30, 2012 5:09 pm

atavistTongariro Alpine Crossing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 14, 2012


Started from Whakepapa chateau at 9am, pass by Taranaki Falls along the loop, then Northern Circuit to Mangatepopo shelter, Mt Doom, Tongariro and finished the Crossing at Ketetahi in the dark at about 8pm. Very unique terrain owing to the Emerald Lakes and Blue Lake.
Posted Apr 16, 2012 2:15 am

nickkarlExcellent Views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2010


Climbed up from the Ketetahi Hut via North Crater. Was a great day to be out a bit windy but clear. Climed Nguruhoe the previous day, what a beautiful area.
Posted Jun 20, 2010 12:59 am

dacomFoggy Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 21, 2008


Great hike as part of the Tongariro crossing. Foggy and cool!
Posted Feb 10, 2010 12:21 am

davebobk47Foggy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2009


Hiked through the fog all the way to the summit. After 15 minutes on the summit the fog cleared and we has some wonderful views.
Posted Nov 9, 2009 11:34 pm

myrskyCrossing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2008


Did Mt Tongariro as a side trip while trekking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Nice and rather easy trip with good views.
Posted Oct 19, 2008 7:14 pm

lalpinistAll to ourselves  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 26, 2008


Four of us did this little trek after climbing "Mount Doom" and had the top all to ourselves, despite the heavy traffic on this sunny day.
Posted Feb 29, 2008 6:28 pm

Attila the HunTongariro Crossing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 12, 2007

Attila the Hun

Stood on the top while doing the Tongariro crossing. Visibility was a bit dodgy. Red crater looked (and smelt) pretty impressive though. Well worth doing, but the crossing can be done in one third the time they say it can.
Posted May 18, 2007 11:44 am

JuhoRoute Climbed: Ketetahi Hut - North Crater  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2006


Easy walk up to the summit from Ketetahi hut via North Crater on the second day of Tongariro Circuit. Unlimited visibility, amazing views to Ngauruhoe, Ruapehu and even Taranaki.
Posted Sep 6, 2006 12:39 am

BaarbRainbow country  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 10, 2002


Did the traverse twice, once in the deep snow, once in the dry, each a week apart. The most amazing contrast imaginable. The colours of the mineral deposits, the lakes, Lake Taupo in the distance, Ngaurahoe, Ruapehu, just such an overwhelming onslaught of sensory input. Whiteout the first time round meant we skipped the Tongariro summit and kept on going.
Posted Jun 11, 2006 8:46 pm

Koenmain ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 6, 2000


Climbed Tongariro as a side trip on Northern Circuit, on a clear day with views all the way to Mt Taranaki.
Posted Feb 14, 2006 11:44 am

vancouver islanderDate Climbed: October 31, 2002  Sucess!

vancouver islander

As a side trip during the Northern Crossing. White out conditions and very strong winds. Knew I was on top only because there was no more up. Prevented from seeing all those vaunted vistas but at least I had the hill to myself. Excellent day nevertheless.
Posted Dec 15, 2005 7:27 pm

CodyRoute Climbed: main ridge Date Climbed: Oct 30, 2005  Sucess!


Climbed as side trip while on Tongariro crossing. Horrible weather, whiteout conditions on summit with some mixed rain/hale. still a bit of snow on ridgeline. fun little climb.
Posted Nov 3, 2005 10:49 pm

RMEDate Climbed: Nov 2004  Sucess!


A straight forward climb from Mangatepopo car park to Tongariro summit, stopping at Soda springs and Red Crater. We arrived at the summit at about 6.30pm and pitched the tent. Woke up for sunrise, took some photos and returned via Emerald Pools.
Posted Jul 10, 2005 10:18 am

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