Mount Tongariro Climber's Log

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David Mortensen

David Mortensen - Apr 4, 2016 12:37 am Date Climbed: Apr 6, 2016

Tongariro Crossing

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.


gimpilator - Mar 24, 2016 9:43 pm Date Climbed: Mar 3, 2016

25 Peaks in 3 weeks  Sucess!

full trip report


apachedino - Jul 13, 2015 12:08 pm Date Climbed: Mar 8, 2015

Nicce side trip  Sucess!

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.


ajberry - Jan 19, 2015 6:40 pm Date Climbed: Jan 17, 2015

On Crossing  Sucess!

Detour on the overly crowded crossing (nice, if nothing else, to get away from the hordes). Cloud down so no views.


ManyGlacierMountaineer - Feb 24, 2013 10:55 pm

Tongariro Crossing (Mountaineer version)  Sucess!

2012 - w/ Xenja Poljakowa

Climbed Ngaurahoe earlier in the day and completed the crossing.


fubar7500 - Feb 9, 2013 7:36 am Date Climbed: Jan 29, 2013

Tongariro Crossing  Sucess!

Side trip on wodnerful Tongariro Crossing.


Fletch - Nov 30, 2012 5:09 pm Date Climbed: May 30, 2010

Very fun  Sucess!

wife's first winter-esque climb. fun!


atavist - Apr 16, 2012 2:15 am Date Climbed: Apr 14, 2012

Tongariro Alpine Crossing  Sucess!

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.


nickkarl - Jun 20, 2010 12:59 am Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2010

Excellent Views  Sucess!

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.


dacom - Feb 10, 2010 12:21 am Date Climbed: Dec 21, 2008

Foggy Summit  Sucess!

Great hike as part of the Tongariro crossing. Foggy and cool!


davebobk47 - Nov 9, 2009 11:34 pm Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2009

Foggy  Sucess!

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.


myrsky - Oct 19, 2008 7:14 pm Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2008

Crossing  Sucess!

Did Mt Tongariro as a side trip while trekking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Nice and rather easy trip with good views.


lalpinist - Feb 29, 2008 6:28 pm Date Climbed: Feb 26, 2008

All to ourselves  Sucess!

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.

Attila the Hun

Attila the Hun - May 18, 2007 11:44 am Date Climbed: May 12, 2007

Tongariro Crossing  Sucess!

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.


Juho - Sep 6, 2006 12:39 am Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2006

Route Climbed: Ketetahi Hut - North Crater  Sucess!

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.


Baarb - Jun 11, 2006 8:46 pm Date Climbed: Mar 10, 2002

Rainbow country  Sucess!

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.


Koen - Feb 14, 2006 11:44 am Date Climbed: Nov 6, 2000

main ridge  Sucess!

Climbed Tongariro as a side trip on Northern Circuit, on a clear day with views all the way to Mt Taranaki.

vancouver islander

vancouver islander - Dec 15, 2005 7:27 pm

Date Climbed: October 31, 2002  Sucess!

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.


Cody - Nov 3, 2005 10:49 pm

Route 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.


RME - Jul 10, 2005 10:18 am

Date 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.

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