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... main track to climb the volcano. The sides are literally vertical and we just didn’t fancy it. I have since seen photographs from the summit which are incredible so I haven’t ruled out climbing it up it in the future if I get the chance to go back. I would just double check that there wasn’t any volcanic activity going on first before setting foot on it…!
There was however one downfall up our first steep ascent and what was to be the ...
... lookout, before descending to the Emerald lakes. This descent was down a very loose and steep scree trail, which everyone knows you must run down. So, Kim and I big stepped and ran down the scree, leaving many side steppers behind us. Once at the lakes, we took some pretty pictures, before walking to the last big lake in the alpine area. This lake was a large crater and quite pretty. The last part of the trail we winded down the back side of the volcano, this area ...
... t face another night in the empty campsite, ended up with a hostel full of Germans instead, they thought they would stay up playing cards next to our room all night, Claire decided otherwise (they were actually really good about moving)
Back to the dive centre and the weather could not have been more different, bright blue skies and no wind. The skipper said there might be a big swell though and he wasn't wrong, it was a pretty rough trip out. We dived on the Poor ...
... down, slipping and sliding, nettles eevverryywhere. Lambs do not like to do what you want them to do. I'm very good at catching the little *******s, now though! Lamb breaks (a split of the herd) bring out the most colourful language I have ever heard come out of someone's mouth. It's also great fun when you mishear your task and end up walking about 4km down a fence line you didn't need to walk down. That was an adventure in itself, finally found by ...
... the mountain itself, weather permitting. Of course this was a timely reminder: we would certainly need to check the weather forecast before attempting any walking.
We chose our campsite for its proximity to the end of the Tongariro Crossing; we thought that perhaps we could save some money by just getting a lift to the start of the walk rather than being picked up as well. We soon found, however, that this would not be possible: it seemed that there was ...
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