On the Dragon Teeth
The Dragon Teeth, a tramping for adventurous dentists: Miao, I need you! More than 60 Km in 3 days, 2000 m of gradient: that's the plan of Kevin... And I agree as enthusiastic as worried :-) We don't know much about this legendary path: all the trails marked in the map run around the mountain, but we were told of this alta-via that walks on the ridge, where it seams impossible. A twisted and labyrinthine path among slabs and ravines. We must find it!
|We start in the afternoon, our purpose is to get as far as possible to make the shorter the path of tomorrow. - - Cover||In the evening we camp close to a little stream and cook the dinner on the fire. - - Cover||In the morning we start to climb up, but the mountains here are still smooth. - - Cover||In New Zealand spiders have rejected the classical concept of a radial and geometrical net. They express their art with deconstructionist and modern shapes: chaos as representation of complexity. - - Cover|
|Manuka flowers. Bees makes the most famous honey of New Zealand from these flowers. This bush is quite common: the reason because the Manuka honey is very expensive is not the rarity of the source, but the Japaneses who buy it all :-) - - Cover||All the way we did until now: the car is the farthest valley, the one that looks blue for the distance. - - Cover||Let's go on! - - Cover||Lichens make a bush of clouds. - - Cover|
|Finally, the Dragon Teeth! Our path of tomorrow should start in the wooded saddle in the middle, then goes to the left more or less on the same altitude. From here it seams impossible! (click "Full size" to see some more details). - - Cover||Even if quite easy, the path of today is rewarding in terms of scenario. - - Cover||Getting closer to the Dragon Teeth. - - Cover||Kevin (can you see him in the middle?) looks to the Dragon Teeth and try to understand where the hell is going to pass the route... We will see tomorrow! - - Cover|
|5 pm, we get to Adelaide Tarn, where we are going to camp, here there is a tiny hut (if you click "Full size" you'll see it on the opposite shore of the lake). In the background: the Dragon Teeth. - - Cover||Adelaide Tarn. - - Cover||I really love to sleep without tent, watching the stars. Here in New Zealand, with sand flies and mosquitoes, it's quite hard to get the opportunity to do it. Here, for the first time, I can... and I do. Even if the moisture makes my sleeping bag completely wet! - - Cover||Kevin sleeps in the hut. - - Cover|
|After one and a half day of walk, here we are, in front of the Dragon Teeth. We don't know where the route starts, but we know that walks on the top of the first saddle, so that will be our first target. - - Cover||And as expected, after some bush-bashing, we find the path. - - Cover||For what I have understood, the DOC considers this route "Above New Zealand tramping standard", so it is marked only by other trampers, with red signs and cairns. We get lot of fun climbing on rocks and trees, up and down, and walking on ledges. - - Cover||On the ledge. - - Cover|
|We went right, then up, then left, then on a ledge, then down, then up on the right... Then we found ourself in the middle of the ridge of the Dragon Teeth without understanding how we got there :-) - - Cover||Let's go on to the next tooth. We are curious to see where the path will lead. - - Cover||And here we are. - - Cover||This is Zorring!! :-) - - Cover|