|Ruapehu's shining peaks of Paretetaitonga, Tahurangi and Girdlestone|
NEARBY TOWN/CITY: Whakapapa Village, Tongariro National Park
EXACT LOCATION: Walk up Bruce Rd, past DOC info centre, past Shelter. Whakapapaiti track begins down lane to the right off Bruce Rd.
TOTAL ROUTE DISTANCE: 70km
TOTAL ASCENT & DESCENT: Around 2,000m
TIME TO COMPLETE: Elite-12hrs; Weekend Warrior -16hrs+; Non-stop tramping–20 hours
TYPE OF TRAIL RUN: Loop. Best run anti-clockwise, starting/ending at Whakapapa Village. This way you tackle the tough “Goat” section first on fresh legs, and finish on the easy, board-walked “Tussock Traverse” section over Tama Saddle.
DIFFICULTY: Very Hard.
DEFINING CHARACTERISTICS: Sub-Alpine, technical, remote
START GPS: Latitude -39.20316060 S, Longitude 175.53980827 E
FINISH GPS: Same as start
BEST MAP/S: NZ Topo50 BH34, BH35, BJ34, BJ35 (Mostly on BJ34)
Early start at Whakapapa Village
|Boardwalk by Mangaturuturu|
|The Waterfall face|
|Southern Ruapehu - Mangaehuehu|
|Dropping into the great gulley|
|Endorphin-fuelled fun across the Waihianoa Glacier|
|Rangipo Desert - 20km to go|
|Crampons not necessary when you have Inov-8 BareGrip 200s!|
You’ve done it, a complete circumnavigation of the North Island’s most predominant mountain. “One does not simply walk into Mordor… one simply runs!”
|Ruby running in the rain|
|Self transcendence at the end of the 13-hour journey|
|A complete circumnavigation of Ruapehu's vast flanks is a great achievement|