South Saddle. The trees reflect the ferocity of the howling westerly winds this area is exposed to....thankfully not during our visit.
After much bantering and heckling we approached the summit and became surrounded with a soft covering of cloud, just enough to keep the temperature comfortable.
And then, in the words of the Leader , the ' interesting part' of the climb down the spur to the rocky river below.
Again evidence of the prevailing winds in this area, and the steepness of the descent.
After a bit of a slog down the river, and much clambering over rocks, fallen trees a hut emerges from the trees.
Parting shot.... cool evening light reflecting from the stream. Calm and still ... much as the spirit is after a challenging and exhilarating day in the Rimutakas.