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And so it begins...preparing for departure at LAX.
And so it begins...preparing for departure at LAX.
New Zealand's answer to Thailand's famous beachside sport climbing:  excellent trad and sport routes on a secluded beach at Te Ananui on the East coast of the North Island.  That's me in the bottom lefthand corner of the photo.
New Zealand's answer to Thailand's famous beachsid...
Farmland Crag of Sheridan Hills in Wharepapa South
Farmland Crag of Sheridan Hills in Wharepapa South
Chunderosa Buttress at Sheridan Hills crag in Wharepapa South.
Chunderosa Buttress at Sheridan Hills crag in Whar...
Natalie enjoying a classic trad line called Millenium Madness at Waipapa, draped in the North Island jungle.
Natalie enjoying a classic trad line called Millen...
A week's worth of "minor yard work" in exchange for free lodging at Bryce's
A week's worth of "minor yard work" in exchange fo...
BIG trees in the jungle on the North Island...
BIG trees in the jungle on the North Island...
Natalie, as see from Bilbo's front door on the set of Hobbiton in Matamata, NZ.
Natalie, as see from Bilbo's front door on the set...
Hanging out with the natives...
Hanging out with the natives...
Our first kiwi waterfall
Our first kiwi waterfall
Our kiwi tour-mobile
Our kiwi tour-mobile
Natalie enjoying the warm waters of the thermal hot springs as they percolate out of the sand at the famous Hot Water Beach on the Cormandel Peninsula.
Natalie enjoying the warm waters of the thermal ho...
My first geyser, near the tourist hotspot of Rotorua...or as the kiwis call it "Roto-Vegas"
My first geyser, near the tourist hotspot of Rotor...
The bizarre rock formations of the Animal Biscuit Valley at the North Island sport climbing mecca of Froggatt Edge.
The bizarre rock formations of the Animal Biscuit ...
Natalie cleaning the anchor after another fun sport climb at Froggatt Edge.
Natalie cleaning the anchor after another fun spor...
Whanganui Bay on Lake Taupo has some of the best rock (and best trad routes) on the North Island, and the lakeside setting is gorgeous.
Whanganui Bay on Lake Taupo has some of the best r...
Sunset on the main cliff at Whanganui Bay on Lake Taupo.  Natalie looks like a tiny speck of blue in the very center of this photo (click on the image to see it full size); she is climbing out of a corner crack just above the tree line.
Sunset on the main cliff at Whanganui Bay on Lake ...
The view from the top of our first trad climb at Whanganui Bay.
The view from the top of our first trad climb at W...
Bryce Martin cranking his way up an overhung 5.11 corner crack at Whanganui Bay.  Not bad for a 55yr old... (this climb spat me off twice on toprope)
Bryce Martin cranking his way up an overhung 5.11 ...
Natalie following me up Sayonara (5.8), a beautiful straight-in hand and finger crack at Whanganui Bay.
Natalie following me up Sayonara (5.8), a beautifu...
The 3 snow-covered volcanoes of Tongariro National Park on the North Island.  On the far left is Mt. Tongariro; in the center is Mt. Ngauruhoe (aka Mt. Doom in Lord of the Rings); and on the right is Mt. Ruapehu which actually erupted the day before we arrived here.  This "minor volcanic event" sent ash and rocks 15,000 ft into the air...
The 3 snow-covered volcanoes of Tongariro National...
Starting off on our first of NZ's Great Walks:  The Northern Circuit of Tongariro National Park.  We walked 26 miles in two days, with a legit alpine section.  Fun!
Starting off on our first of NZ's Great Walks: Th...
The north face of Mt. Ruapehu on a perfect morning.  What looks like a shaddow on the snow near the summit on the right is actually the debris field of ash and rocks from the "minor eruption" which occured the previous day...
The north face of Mt. Ruapehu on a perfect morning...
Our nice walk around the volcanoe is about to get much steeper as we are headed for the saddle above the snow line.  Natalie is the tiny red dot on the far left...
Our nice walk around the volcanoe is about to get ...
Natalie enjoying her first tramping experience above the snow line as we approach the saddle with Mt. Doom in the background.
Natalie enjoying her first tramping experience abo...
Can you guess which way the prevailing winds blow around here?
Can you guess which way the prevailing winds blow ...
At about this point, I realized just how out of shape I really was... Oh well. Carpe Diem!
At about this point, I realized just how out of sh...
This snowfield is actually a volcanic crater.  Its still steaming in some places.  We walked across it rather more quickly than I expected...
This snowfield is actually a volcanic crater. Its...
Can you guess why this beautiful alpine lake near the top of the volcanoe was not frozen over with ice?  (hint: the rocks near the shore were steaming and there was a strong smell of sulfur in the air)
Can you guess why this beautiful alpine lake near ...
Our first night sleeping in a backcountry hut was fantastic, and in the morning we were rewarded with PERFECT weather...
Our first night sleeping in a backcountry hut was ...
Its 8am and we get to enjoy this scenery for the next 8 hours on the way back to our car.  This is a pretty great way to start your day...
Its 8am and we get to enjoy this scenery for the n...
The south face of Mt. Ngauruhoe.  As we discovered on our 26-mile walk, this volcanoe looks exactly the same from every angle...its a perfect cone.
The south face of Mt. Ngauruhoe. As we discovered...
Just another postcard worthy scene on the hike back to the car...the south face of Mt. Ruapehu looms large over the tussock grasses of the Tongariro valley floor.
Just another postcard worthy scene on the hike bac...