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Descending the volcano – Mt Ngauruhoe

I just got back from a week in New Zealand, where I went tramping (Kiwese for bushwalking) on the Tongariro Northern Circuit.  This is a four day walk around Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe, with overnight stops in well-equipped Department of Conservation (DOC) huts.  It’s an extension of the Tongariro Crossing, which is a day walk.  After all, why go all that way just for a day?

Here’s a short video I took when descending Mt Ngauruhoe.  This mountain is a 2,287m classically shaped conical volcano, and its shape dominates the local area.  It last erupted in the mid 1970s.  There is steam coming out of a vent in the rim of the crater at the top.  For four days, Ngauruhoe was there towering over us, as we circumnavigated it.

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