Mt Taranaki Summit
This shot looks across Taranaki's crater from the western summit towards Sharks Tooth and the Taranaki Plains beyond. Mount Ruapehu may just be visible above the Sharks Tooth. Taken on 23 April, 2009, this photograph is composed of 4 overlapping individual shots stitched together. It took 3 hours, 20 minutes to climb here from Makatawa Hut. The track passed through alpine scrub, along a 4 wheel drive road, up a short valley and a series of wooden steps, over slippery scree, onto weathered lava, which brought up the rugged summit.