Alpine guide frustrated at casual attitudes – Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Truly awesome to see that the national media have picked up this story…the full text of Andrea’s story can be seen here with the current safety messages for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in winter here

We need to see more of the guiding community telling their stories and sharing their experiences on the Alpine Crossing as part of educating visitors to the Tongariro district.

Year-round this is a beautiful place, one of the only areas in New Zealand that you can explore an active volcanic, but it is always a place to be respected. Respected for its cultural heritage and because it is unforgiving towards to the unprepared, ill-informed and complacent…

One of the best sources of current information on the Crossing is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing app that was released this year…available in the Google Playstore and iTunes…is your life, and the lives of your family and friends worth a small fee…? We would hope so…

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Get the app…

This pic is, of course of the Crossing in summer. In winter, this is what you will encounter:adrift fb winter 4.jpg

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Share Your World – 2016 Week 33 – INSPIRING MAX

Source: Share Your World – 2016 Week 33 – INSPIRING MAX

Following Max’s lead again for this weekly challenge…(slightly delayed because I forgot to schedule it to post…)

Would you travel into outer space?

Absolutely…we can’t stay on this little blue ball forever…when I was ten I not only wanted to build this but believed it was totally possible..

moonbase ufo shadoWhich country/city in the world (that you have never been to) would you most like to visit and why?

I pick two…

My first pick is the same as Max’s…I’d love to visit Iceland, the ultimate mix of ice and volcanoes…

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My second pick is an ice chapel somewhere in Japan…one of the girls I worked with a couple of years ago told me about this place and I’ve been curious about it ever since…

ice chapelI’m not sure if this pic is that exact location – the one she showed me looked pretty classy but most of the pix I could find online looked like alpine versions of a Nevada wedding mill…

What could you do to breathe more deeply today?

I’m not sure really…it was a day off so I started with my normal stretching routine (days on are generally a little more challenging organisation-wise)…then I got called into work to resolve a technical difficulty which was easy enough…then I go some potentially really good news from one of my lawyers and that was cause for some deep breaths to keep calm to confirmation one way or t’other comes through next week..all in all I think my breathing was appropriate for the day I had…

Complete this sentence:  This creamy peanut butter sandwich could really use some … Tabasco sauce…I don’t really like peanut butter except as a baking additive and Tabasco sauce is my solution to any food I don’t like…tastes like Tabasco…

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m really grateful that my annual performance review interview last week went in a direction that I totally did not expect and left me with great prospects for the future; I’m looking forward to a week of solid study before I go on course the week after…

 

Daily Prompt: Come Fly with Me | The Daily Post

Share a story about the furthest you’ve ever traveled from home.Photographers, artists, poets: show us TRAVELS.

Well, as you may have picked up from my recent ‘movie’ posts, I have been doing a spot of travelling and spent a very nice week in Germany at the end of last month…

I didn’t take any pictures at all of the trip north; I didn’t even stop to take any of the storm damage that was obvious all along the road north from Raurimu to Auckland – this would have been interesting to contrast with the similar storm that swept western Europe the week we were there (and, nope, didn’t take any photos of that either!!) – so my first photo is the mandatory one I always (usually – none from Dubai because my view was only of a rather bland concrete wall) take of the view from my hotel room…this being in Kleve…

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…and another from the hotel stairway looking back the other way…the Rilano-Kleve is very close (five minute walk) to the old centre of town (a five minute drive to the new centre) which has some great places to eat…Kleve Oct-Nov 13-003

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The Wednesday night one of our team who used to live in Germany arranged for us to come here in Uedem for dinner with some of his friends…very nice to meet Jurgen and Petra and thanks for a great night out…
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…polishing off the night with a bottle of Killepitsch herb liqueur…I had intended to bring a bottle home but out-clevered myself by checking my bag all the way through to Auckland so that I was unable to stash any post-checkin duty-free in it during our brief stopover in Dubai…DSCF7252Prior to heading home we had a chance for a very quick look around the area…this is the bridge at Nijmegen, just across the border in The Netherlands (lesson learned to include the ‘The’ to find The Netherlands in the GPS!). This is the bridge seen in the famous scene from A Bridge Too Far where a horrified Hardy Kruger watches Allied tanks advance across the bridge as he tries to destroy it. It is also where Robert Redford leads a daylight crossing of the river in collapsible boats…

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I didn’t do any research before we visited Nijmegen. If I had, I would have known that the actual bunker from which the Germans tried to destroy the bridge was only just along the road from where we stopped (the T intersection above the ‘tec’ in battledetective.com below)…

From Nijmegen, it was only a short drive – an amazingly short drive when you consider the difficulty that the Allies experienced trying to advance along this highway to relieve the airborne forces there – to Arnhem and the ‘bridge too far’, now named the John Frost Bridge after the CO of the parachute battalion that held one end of the bridge for a week against much more powerful German forces…

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There is a small museum by the bridge which was closed and a small memorial park with some display plaques and displays…

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…one of which was this twisted propeller blade. There was no marking or label with it but we assumed that it is from one of the many Allied aircraft shot down over Arnhem as the Allies tried to sustain the airborne forces by air…

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An hour or so later we arrived in Amsterdam and experienced a modern car park building where there are no ramps, just an elevator that services all levels. Probably a good thing that we had such a small car as the elevator is quite tight… Amsterdam Nov 13-014

I can’t say that I liked Amsterdam that much…I’d probably revisit it out of novelty value but for the most part it was quite dirty and crowded…

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The obligatory stroll along the Red Light District…pretty boring really…

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…some interesting old architecture…

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…and a novel take on providing extra cycle parking in the centre of the city…

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Yes…you can do this legally on some roads…more impressively, you can do it in a Volvo diesel shoe box on wheels…

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Crossing the Rhine into Dusseldorf…

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No surprises that I got into trouble in this shop…and could have got into a lot more if I had a bigger suitcase…

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I quite liked Dusseldorf in the short time we had to have a look around before heading over the the airport…it reminded me very much of pre-quake Christchurch with many old buildings (most reconstructed after the war) and walks along the waterways…if I come back this way, I’d like to spend a bit more time here to have a decent look around…

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I felt that I had to take at least one photo in Dubai…this is from our hotel car park back towards the airport…

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Flying south from Dubai over the desert – modeller’s note: the sand colour applied by the RAF to its Gulf War aircraft would have blended well into this endless monotone…

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Tankers parked up in the Gulf…

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…home again…the arrivals hall at Auckland Airport…just a four hour drive from here to home sweet home…

via Daily Prompt: Come Fly with Me | The Daily Post.

Far from Home | The Daily Post

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Tell us about the farthest you’ve ever traveled from home.

I travel quite a bit so distance wise, I guess the UK and Belgium would be the furthest, I’ve been from home; from another perspective, the furthest that I have felt from home would probably be my very short period in what was North Vietnam…oppressive is the only word to describe it and I’m not talking about the temperature…no one looks you in the eye let alone talks to you…even a visitor feels oppressed…indeed a long way from these friendly shores…whether it is true or not that we are the safest country in the world

Photographers, artists, poets: show us DISTANCE.

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Sometimes even a short distance can seem a long long way…DC traffic…