Rome Ridge 20.09.15

It seems I manage to get up Rolleston at least once a year, and for my 7th or 8th trip up Mt Rolleston (3rd? via Rome Ridge), we had chosen a stunningly rotten day for it.  Well I suppose it wasn't that bad really, but it was blowing a stiff breeze and the visibility varied between 10m and 100m.  Not what I would call optimal conditions at all.  We headed up to Kennedy Lodge the night previous, and had a good spontaneous P90X session before bed.  We started early, but not ridiculously so, and were well on our way up the hill by the time it was light.  As we got higher up the visibility seemed to get worse, at times it was quite a challenge to see where you were stepping, the snow blending in with the cloud leaving us unable to glean any definition of the terrain.  Progress was casual for our group of four, and we only had a slight hiccup just before the gap where we neglected to drop down around the bump in the ridge, and ended up climbing up a nasty steep section of the ridge only to have to down climb it moments later.

This is where we should have gone down, but not being able to see we ended up continuing the ridge to the gap

This is where we should have gone down, but not being able to see we ended up continuing the ridge to the gap

Tackling a steep step

Tackling a steep step

The snow at the gap was in moderate condition, and we elected not to get the rope out.  A few hollow sounding bits of snow made for some delicate movements but it was mostly solid all the way up.   The view on the top was non existent, we couldn't really see anything at all, so following a brief snack we headed straight on down the slide, wishing that I had skis as the snow was just perfect for it.  We raced down and got to the road end for a total trip time of 11 hours.

Blue Sky!

Blue Sky!

| September 20th, 2015 | Posted in Storytime |

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