Mt Ruapehu

This post is just to share a nice photo from the news today. We are being warned to stay away from Mt Ruapehu’s crater after Tuesday night’s small eruption. One climber, who happened to be high on the mountain, almost died when a large rock crushed his legs. Fortunately nobody else was injured, despite the skifields being busy with the school holidays.

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    a quantum diaries survivor said,

    WoW. What a great landscape! And the thought that it is dangerous for the additional reason of risking to die fried as much as frozen, makes it only more interesting…

    Have you been hiking up it ? What is its height ? With NZ landscapes I have no normalization from the line of snows… In other words, I need to study some geography…

    Cheers,
    T.

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    Kea said,

    Hi Tommaso. Yes, I have been up to the top in winter, but that was about 10 years ago. It is 2797 m. The winter snow line usually varies between 1000m and 1500m. Although not high altitude, many peaks rise from close to sea level and are demanding climbs. Ruapehu, however, has a skifield road up it.

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    L. Riofrio said,

    NZ must be an exciting and beautiful place to live. In Hawaii, volcanoes just make one feel close to nature. It is fascinating to think that they may be related to a Black Hole.

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    Kea said,

    Hi Louise, yes your work on black holes is exciting, and NZ is a lovely place. Also in the news today, a pretty new 2km long lake (and growing) has formed in the Wanaka area.


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