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Mt. Taranaki - Time to climb the 'Naki' before summer is over!

  • Feb 22, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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Time: 5 - 6 hr to summit, 8 - 10 return
Difficulty: Difficult! Steep and exposed in sections!

Description

The plan for this tramp is to climb from the Dawson Falls visitor centre to Syme Hut, a strategically located hut on the 1962m Fanthams Peak, a subsidiary volcanic cone to the south of the main summit.
This hut offers exceptional views of Mt Taranaki and surrounding areas, all the way to Ruapehu in the distance:

http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-stay/backcountry-huts-by-region/taranaki/taranaki/syme-hut/


Once there, we have two possibilities depending on the weather:
- we can unload our packs and push on to the summit of Mt Taranaki, and come back to the hut for a well deserved sunset.
- or if the weather looks better on sunday, we can spend the rest of saturday in the hut and climb to the summit on sunday morning.
Either way, we go back down to the carpark on sunday and drive back to Wellington.

This is very much a good weather tramp, the last section between the bushline and the hut will be very exposed and the climb to the summit even more so. Mt Taranaki is extremely unpredictable in terms of weather, even on relatively good days, so this tramp will only go ahead with a favorable forecast and will be subject to last minute cancellation. Plus it is quite a long way and it would not be much fun to drive all the way to find the mountain completely in the clouds!

In terms of difficulty, it will be a long and strenuous climb (roughly 4h to the hut and another 2h to the summit, 1600m climbing), with a lot of scree slope toward the end. I don't think ice axe and crampon should be necessary but I will check with the DOC.

Getting there

In terms of logistics, the idea would be to leave on friday around 5pm and drive to the campsite a Patea, which will leave only one hour left to drive on saturday morning. I will have my car and can take two more.

Gear

You will need to have good tramping gear (windproof, waterproof and warm, including a warm sleeping bag) and have all your supplies and hut pass (the normal $5 pass) and a tent. We might hire a beacon due to high risk on the mountain. Cost will be split between us

Note - this is a tramp for experienced and fit people only. If you've got any questions get in contact with Geoffrey first

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  • Lara

    Hi Geoffrey, is there still room to join this tramp?

    February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    No worries, appreciate the heads up.

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry Geoffrey I really want to this but this weekend doesn't suit me as I have to work, next time cheers. Stephen

    February 20, 2013

  • Fiona

    I'm crook, so better give it a miss for this time.

    February 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all,
    I see we are now down to 6 attending, can you guys confirm that you are ok for this week-end so I can advise if there is a spot available for people on the waiting list.

    Regarding transport I can take two people in my (small) car, I am in the CBD so we can meet there around 5 on Friday or I can collect people on the way (Jville, Porirua, etc). Does anybody else have a car available?
    We will also need tents for friday night, I have one for two people but we'll need a few more. Please advise if you can take one.

    The weather forecast looks pretty awesome so far so let's hope it stays that way! In any case, don't forget some warm clothes, it won't be warm up there, especially at night.
    Cheers

    February 18, 2013

  • Debbie

    can't make it next weekend =(

    February 15, 2013

  • Fiona

    @Mae - there are huts for this one, as far as I recall, so we could do it as an overnighter, or part of a 3-day tramp, or camp somewhere local and do it as a long day hike. We can decide nearer the time, as it'll be a mid to late summer event.

    September 29, 2012

    • Mae

      more keen on a long day hike to avoid carrying extra tent weight... great lots of time to train for it. )

      October 1, 2012

    • Mae

      =)

      October 1, 2012

  • Fiona

    @Debbie - yes, I agree...just checked and its a 10-bed hut, so could be pushing it a bit with numbers.

    September 30, 2012

  • Debbie

    We could stay at Syme hut. Climb Fanthoms and Taranaki. I was going to do that a few months ago but the weather turned horrible.

    September 29, 2012

  • Fiona

    @Dianne - brilliant...although I must get some use out of my hut pass before it runs out!! I think the hut below Taranaki also may be relatively small, so we may need to consider the logistics of that as well.

    September 29, 2012

  • Mae

    are we camping overnight?

    September 28, 2012

  • Debbie

    I'm interested, depending on the date! =)

    September 28, 2012

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