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Mout Ruapehu possible eruption

Postby nyker » Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:19 pm

Good thing I was able to climb this last year!

http://news.yahoo.com/mount-doom-likely-blow-soon-201446255.html

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Re: Mout Ruapehu possible eruption

Postby oldschoolczar » Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:35 pm

I believe you're talking about Mount Doom in Mordor?

I thought it erupted already when the ring dropped in the river of lava?
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Re: Mout Ruapehu possible eruption

Postby nyker » Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:38 pm

Yes! Awesome place really..

Scroll down my trip report for some pics of Ruapehu from last year - interestingly right before Tongariro erupted...

http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=11405&parmuser=nyker&cpgm=tripuser


ok this is weird though.. This would be the third volcano I climbed which then soon erupted a few months later.

(Lascar, Tongariro, now Ruapehu), ...I wonder if Rainier will erupt soon...

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Postby Mark A Steiner » Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:57 pm

nyker wrote:Yes! Awesome place really..

Scroll down my trip report for some pics of Ruapehu from last year - interestingly right before Tongariro erupted...

http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=11405&parmuser=nyker&cpgm=tripuser


ok this is weird though.. This would be the third volcano I climbed which then soon erupted a few months later.

(Lascar, Tongariro, now Ruapehu), ...I wonder if Rainier will erupt soon...

Hope not.

Thanks for the TR repost, nyker. Saw it previously - amazing colors in the volcanic rock deposits. Somewhat similar to conditions that once existed in SW Colorado San Juan field, such as the La Garitas and the Redcloud group near Lake City - without fumaroles, hot springs and geysers active in NZ. Ongoing and previously-formed volcanic events produce amazing landscapes.
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content - Paul the Apostle.
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Re: Mout Ruapehu possible eruption

Postby nyker » Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:40 pm

Yea, it's a fantastic area. The wonderful volcanic cones and terrain, stunning colors, unique flora and fauna, the rich Maori history in the region all make it pretty unique and I'd highly recommend visiting the North Island if anyone has the chance. Mt. Taranaki is off the east also.

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Re: Mout Ruapehu possible eruption

Postby Yoric » Wed Nov 21, 2012 6:21 pm

My wife and I attempted the Tongariro Crossing twice in February of this year, but the weather was just horrible. It's really an amazing place and somewhere I plan to visit again. Over nearly a two month period we completed several Great Walks and numerous incredible hikes in NZ, but the fact that we got ran off Mount Doom twice still bothers me to this day. ](*,)

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Re: Mout Ruapehu possible eruption

Postby nyker » Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:57 pm

Seems Tongariro just erupted!...many think this might trigger Ruapehu to go next.

PS: I think "Mt Doom" was actually Mt Ngauruhoe (another volcano nearby both of the above two).

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Re: Mout Ruapehu possible eruption

Postby Wildernessjane » Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:50 am

So...I'm not really interested in climbing an active volcano. However, I am planning on going to NZ in 2013. For those of you who have climbed there, can you recommend any resources or contacts to help us plan out our trip?

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Re: Mout Ruapehu possible eruption

Postby nyker » Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:22 am

Sure, are you looking for suggestions on the North Island, South Island or both? Hiking/Trekking/other activities?

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Re: Mout Ruapehu possible eruption

Postby nyker » Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:21 am

For some general trip planning:
The NZ National park site is pretty good:
http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/national-parks/

Another couple of good sites:
http://www.newzealand.com/travel/media/features/walkinghiking/walking-hiking_greatwalks_feature.cfm
http://www.destination-nz.com/new-zealand-info/walking-hiking/new-zealands-great-walks

The main airports with the most direct international flights are Auckland (North Island) and Christchurch (South Island);

Look into the "Great Walks" in New Zealand - which are multiday treks across wildnerness/mountain terrain and worth exploring.
There are Nine now (there used to be only four); The Milford and Routeburn Tracks are two of the most famous, and most popular.

Assuming your comfortable with driving on the other side of the street, the best option in my opinion is to rent a car there and
do your own thing to give you the maximum flexibility. With that said, hitchhiking is more popular in NZ than in the US and is viewed as more normal, so that could
be an option also if your comfortable with it. If you are doing a long trek, renting a car may not make sense since it will be sitting in a parking lot for several days and
renting a car there is not cheap.

If you're bringing a tent for a backpacking trip, make sure it is bomber in the rain and bring extra clothes since your hiking clothes will become wet.

North Island:

Depending on when you go, I would look into the Tongariro region in the central North Island once it settles down.
It's a great area to explore with several days of trekking and mountaineering options at your disposal across stunning terrain.
See my trip report link above.

Rotorua in the North Island is also a cool area with a combination of Yellowstone-like features coupled with a rich Maori history.

I would also check out Mt. Taranaki (Egmont)on the west coast - just be warned to stay away from here in the rainy season, this area gets more
rain than most places on earth and contines for days on end without reprieve during some periods. Climbing then is discouraged...

South Island

If you want a climbing specific resource, check out these folks:
http://www.alpineguides.co.nz/programs/summer_guiding.htm?gclid=CJaJ4vbv57MCFQSg4AoduisA_w

They are located in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. Even if you don't climb anything formally, a visit to the south island
should include a visit here, it's a great place! Makes for a nice drive from Christchurch also.

The Fjordland and southern Alps areas are def. worth seeing, they are remote and stunning with a few national parks there.
Base your trip here out of Queenstown, the adveture capital of NZ.
Tons of resources found there for day trips or extended treks, etc. though also tons of tourists...so plan accordingly.
There are some nice hikes starting right in town.

Kaikoura is also a nice little seafront town on the south island worth seeing. Great hiking in the mountains less than a mile from town, interesting Alaska-like beaches and you can take some cool
sealife cruises to see Killer whales, albatross, petrels, etc...highly recommended assuming you don't get seasick.

NZ also has good fishing in many places if that interests you.

Lastly, check out some local stores for Manuka honey and Icebreaker gear - you may find some good prices on both! You'll have to declare the honey on return...

Good luck!

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Re: Mout Ruapehu possible eruption

Postby Wildernessjane » Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:19 am

Wow...thanks for the info! This will be extremely helpful. I'm going to send you a PM with a specific question. I hope that's okay. Thanks again!

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