Standing back from the edge is safe (But the view is never as good)

 

Baz - The Landy, Southern Alps, New Zealand
Baz – The Landy, Southern Alps, New Zealand

After a reasonably steep multi-pitch climb I crossed this snow covered Arête on the way to the summit of Auroa Peak in New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

What a great playground, hey?

Baz – The Landy
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13 thoughts on “Standing back from the edge is safe (But the view is never as good)

  1. NancyTex June 14, 2014 / 4:20 am

    Fantasic! I haven’t yet climbed on ice / with cramp-ons. One of these days.

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    • Baz - The Landy June 14, 2014 / 7:08 am

      Takes a little practice, but most enjoyable being on ice…

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      • NancyTex June 14, 2014 / 7:19 am

        I’m looking forward to trying. I’ve got Mt. Ranier in my sights.

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  2. walksandrambles June 14, 2014 / 2:13 am

    Yep, me too…I’ve always admired this photo and the story it tells.

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    • Baz - The Landy June 14, 2014 / 7:07 am

      One of my favourites…it was a great day out there, albeit very cold as we came up the western face early in the morning!

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  3. vastlycurious.com June 13, 2014 / 7:28 pm

    AMAZING ! I have always admired this photo and you are returning in less than 7 days???? Be safe and well and so glad you conquered your injury last year!

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  4. Mountainstroh (Tony) June 13, 2014 / 12:24 pm

    Pal thats one of many things I miss about climbing, there is no better view anywhere. The closer to the edge the more you see. It’s worth a bit of risk

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  5. Lavinia Ross June 13, 2014 / 8:27 am

    Baz – who took the photograph of you on the edge? That is some photo, and some view!

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    • Baz - The Landy June 13, 2014 / 8:32 am

      My climbing partner and guide, Steve Moffatt. Steve is a legendary New Zealand climber, who himself has stood on top of Mt Everest, and has been a great teacher and inspiration to myself!

      Strewth, come to think of it what was he doing taking a picture, wasn’t he supposed to be “belaying” me across! 😉

      The climb is not necessarily a difficult one, but it is quite a long way down – you don’t want to fall, rope or no rope!

      Cheers, Baz

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