The promise of finally having a weekend off; which meant Helen Liley and Dave Ayre would be free when I was for a change, firm conditions, with low avalanche risk and acceptable weather forecast, had me super excited for an adventure! Dave was moving to Invercargill, so he and Helen were already on a road trip and in Aoraki. But I wasn't about to let a little post-night shift exhaustion stop me from getting there, and luckily Mark Lewis was also fairly easy to talking into tagging along and providing enough entertainment to keep me awake, even though he was in no fit state to drive!
So after a quick nap off we went. Wynnies was pretty busy, great vibe of everyone being drawn by the forecast and conditions! After some deliberation we set out sights on a day trip up Mt Edgar Thomson. However, soon to discover that conditions were not as firm or stable as promised. At about 1900m we decided we didn't much like the look of the avalanche conditions on the route ahead and turned around and went to climb an entertaining view point on the ridge below, which some found more challenging than others!
Helen and Dave then continued their road trip south, while Mark and I had an excessively lazy next day, where we utterly failed at an attempt on Red Arete - hilarious clustering - and mucked around with some photography before heading back to Christchurch!
6th - 7th July 2019