Princess Mountains Traverse - February 1979

All images © David Noble. No image can be used for any purpose without permission. Some photographs taken by Gordon Thompson.

This follows from Part 1 - the approach walk via the Dusky and Hauroko Tracks

Above - Gordon at Lake Hauroko at the base of the Princess Mountains. We had traverse around the lake - but not at lake level.

Above - on the way up - looking back down to Lake Hauroko

Above - resting at the bushline

Above - Lake Hauroko

Above - Looking back up rhe Hauroko Burn

Above - Our nice sheltered campsite near End Peak - just above the bushline from our spur up from near the Hay River

Above - Gordon climbing up to End Peak. Lake Hauroko far below. On this day it started out reasonably fine so we set off southwards along the crest of the range. We stopped at about lunchtime when we were hit by bad weather and set up camp.

Above - On the range - looking south on the open tops and our first views of Lake Poteriteri

Above - Dave

Above - Traversing. Old dear trails made the going fast and easy

Above - Kia!

Above - Open tops

Above - Gordon on the tops

Above - small tarn

Above - Gordon stops for a drink

Above - View from the tops

Above - easy open going

Above - Gordon traversing the tops

Above - Lake Poteriteri

Above - Gordon descending a gut

Above - our second campsite on the range

Above - Looking back. This steep section was the only place on the entire range that we had to deviate from the skyline. Bad weather was coming - so we camped in the lee of the range.

Above - another view looking back

Above - Gordon on the tops

Above - Lake Poteriteri

Above - the tops

Above - More open tops

Above Grdon walking in mist on the tops

Above - Gordon on the tops

Above - Lake Hauroko

Above - Looking ahead

Above - Gordon pointing to something

Above - More mist and open going

Above - Kea

Above - The mist lifts a little

Above - Looking down to Lake Poteriteri

Above - a nearby valley - looking to Lake Kakapo and the Cameron Mountains

Above - Looking to the nearby mountains

Above - Climbing out of a deep saddle. The Cameron Mountains behind.

Above - Lake Hauroko

Above - Caroline Peak

Above - Lake Poteriteri and the Cameron Mountains. Lake Kakapo lies in the valley in the middle of the photo.

Above - our third campsite on the range

Above - Rare sun hits our campsite near this nice tarn on the lee of the range

Above - A storm approaches from the Cameron Mountains

Above - Princess Mountains and Lake Poteriteri

Above - Lake Poteriteri

Above - The next day looking back (north). Our campsite was near the most distant of these three lakes.

Above - Traversing. More open tops and more mist

Above - Cloud

Above - On the tops

Above - View north from near Helena Peak looking back on the range - most of the country we had just traversed. Fantastic!

We camped in a sheltered basin just east of Helena Peak. After a cold night we awoke to find snow had fallen.

Above - Looking back to Helena Peak. We descened down as easy spur to the Rata Burn and then went through rainforest to the outlet of Lake Hauroko. There we found a deep fast flowing river. But - by luck there was another walkwire nearby - so we crossed to the eastern side and walked north along Lake Hauroko to a hut. There we met a party of fishermen. The next morning we accepted a lift out on their boat back to the road (and then another lift back to Invercargill).

Of the fifteen days of the trip - it rained on all except two days - but many of the days had fine patches.

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