Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Fieldwork trip to Old Man Range

We were able to get away with doctoral student Jay for two days of fieldwork in the Old Man Range.  It's an interesting place - a high rolling expanse right off the main highway to Queenstown with views of the Southern Alps.  It doesn't look like much from the road, but once you get up there it's high and wild - another trick of the New Zealand light.  Here is some info. on the Kopuwai Conservation Area.  And a DOC brochure on the area here.

Here is the Kopuwai tor, also called Old Man Rock and The Obelisk:


There are many similar smaller rocks in the area.  This particular rock is the biggest, and right next to a giant transmitter tower.

Views:



Catherine working:


Jay and Catherine working:


I worked, too - most memorably trying to dig eight foot-deep holes in essentially impenetrable alpine soil/rock.  The next day I went for a hike to Nicholsons Hut:


It's a moderately popular ski-touring destination.  The area reminded me of Wyoming:



Roaming at will, as usual:




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