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  Reply # 2059657 20-Jul-2018 21:21
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Heading down to Paradise with a mate friday arvo, slogging up Mt Earnslaw, bivy in a two person water logged cave with a view across the valley to the terminal face of the glacier. The night was spent listening to ice fall off the end and at hung the snow off the peaks as the wind rose.


Up early next day to beat the bad weather and made it to the crux just below the final ridge. On the way we stopped to strip to our long johns and take photos of us sunbathing at minus 8 and eating and our home made fruit poo energy logs. The packs had to be picketed with ice access to stop them following the snow down.


Sitting with our backs to a huge rock we debated going up the exposed ridge. Decided the wind wasnt too bad, stood up and got blown flat.
Glissading down, trying to remember where all the crevase gaps were then slogging it through the swamp back to the car and Paradise before driving home.

Work had forced me to take a phone on holiday with me. It failed for some reason. I think it must have frozen in the bottom of my pack, or was it the 'forgotten' extra grams of weight back in the car. Possibly no phone coverage ... SO DEFINITELY NOT A SPARK NETWORK OF COURSE.. THEY GO EVERYWHERE. (please pick me)




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  Reply # 2059658 20-Jul-2018 21:23
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My wife and I had a truly memorable trip to whakapapa back in when we were still dating. Such as awesome weekend in Oohakune lodge. Now that our young one is nearly 2 we will be planning for a return trip.

 

My wife's a real trooper and shes been rocking a j5 prime with a cracked, replacement for months now. Would be awesome to surprise her with a new phone ( without a cracked screen).

 

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  Reply # 2059668 20-Jul-2018 21:38
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June 2012 and we splurged and went to ZQN for a long weekend. We then splurged some more and took a helicopter flight up the top of a mountain ... somewhere. The pilot tried setting the machine down, then we lurched away in a rather ungainly fashion as he said he would have got us blown off the top of the mountain if he'd persisted in landing there. So a second attempt was made, which was successful (of course, as I'm typing this six years later) and we were set free to admire the view and throw snowballs at each other. We were completely in awe of nature up there, and thankfully our pilot was keeping a closer eye on the weather than we were, as he ordered us back to the helicopter with "now, not in 30 seconds, now". A vicious storm was blowing in from the north. We were the final flight of the day.

 

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  Reply # 2059683 20-Jul-2018 21:53
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When i were young and in first year varsity , and toured Te Waipounamu over 2 weeks or so with me future wife in my old dunger (that i bought for $500 for the occasion). One relly in every second town and backpackers in between. -10 or so in Qtown and Mt Cook had built up beautiful hoarfrost. Sunny every single step of the way. Not enough money to go skiing. Good times. Never been on a roadtrip that long since!

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 2059693 20-Jul-2018 22:20
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Vermont, 2005.
Spent time on the slopes of Sugarbush and even more time at the bar.
Great, great fun, but freezing.

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  Reply # 2059695 20-Jul-2018 22:28
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When one of my brothers was getting married in Canada a few years ago, I went up early and spent some time out in the Rockies with a guide, photographing wildlife.

 

 

 

An Arctic storm came in and drove temperatures down as low as -46 C overnight; it was when I learned the odd qualities snow has at such low temperature when compared to what we normally experience. It never melts, so it just falls off a bit like cold white dust. Very strange.

 

 

 

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(Edit - in case you don't recognise that, it's a wolf!)

 

 

 

 






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  Reply # 2059707 20-Jul-2018 22:56
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Reply # 2059712 20-Jul-2018 23:23
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Christmas in Germany is a special memory for me.  Christmas Markets, bratwurst, beer and gluhwein - who could ask for more?  Actually, I could.  So I am heading back to Bavaria again this year to enjoy the German hospitaility and maybe a bratwurts or two washed down with quality German beer.  A new phone to replace my Nexus 5X would be a bonus :)


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  Reply # 2059716 20-Jul-2018 23:41
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My family had a great holiday to Mount Shasta,California.  It was cold but fun!  Click to see full size


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  Reply # 2059733 21-Jul-2018 02:52
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A week in Samoa. A great way to put winter on pause for a little while.


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  Reply # 2059737 21-Jul-2018 07:14
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I remember the time I went to Wanaka for a season of snowboarding, and ended up loving the place so much I stayed for another whole year. Easily the best snow in the country. Nicest people too. Can't wait to go back again in August, just need to get the body in some form of shape!

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  Reply # 2059755 21-Jul-2018 08:01
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When winter in NZ gets you down we decided to head to Egypt for a Nile cruise. Then Amsterdam, Barcelona, and a week off in Penang on the way back.

 

 


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  Reply # 2059771 21-Jul-2018 09:14
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Skiing at Mount Ruapehu on glorious winter days like the one in the pic. Magic. 🙂.

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  Reply # 2059772 21-Jul-2018 09:16
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I just came back from a "Winter" holiday - on a 10 day cruise to New Caledonia and Vanuatu. The winter temperature there was about 24 degrees :)

 

 

 


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  Reply # 2059773 21-Jul-2018 09:28
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Been on holiday for this week, could not be arsed going anywhere so the wife and I have just been wining and dining all week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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