Mt Aspiring Climb, New Zealand

22 February - 1 March 2007

 

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Days 7 and 8 - Return to Matukituki Valley

28 Feb - 1 Mar 2007

After such a gargantuan summit day, we were very slow to get up the next morning. It was another fine day, and the other hut occupants headed off for the summit during the early hours of the morning, the last group leaving at about 6:30am. That left the hut to ourselves for a long lie-in, followed by a leisurely breakfast and packing of our belongings.

It was about 11am by the time we left the hut for the return to Bevan Col and the Matukituki Valley.

We camped near Aspiring Hut that night, and then headed back to the car park and on to Queenstown the following day. This brought our expedition to a close. It had been a fantastic mountaineering adventure.

Desending back down into the Matukituki Valley from Bevan Col. The valley is still covered in morning mist.

     

We had to descend back the way we came, which meant we had to negotiate the steep wet rock slabs above the head of the valley again.

Here, Greg is at the top of the steep slabs, surveying the route down.

     
We decided to simply abseil down the rock slabs all the way to the stream below. This was much easier than on the way up, when we had to to climb these same slabs with heavy packs.
     
Once safely in the valley floor, it was easy walking through beautiful New Zealand scenery.
     
The weather was warm and sunny by the time we reached the valley floor.
     
Here we are not far from Aspiring Hut, near which we camped on the last night.
     
Our last views of Mt Aspiring as we head down the valley. Mt Aspiring is the snowy peak in the background, at the trop centre of the photo.
     

On the last morning, as we headed back to the car park, the weather had changed, and now heavy clouds and the promise of rain descended upon the upper valley.

But by now, the car was only an hour's walk away and soon we were back in Queenstown.

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