Mount Galatea offers some Interesting scrambling near the top, but it's a long haul to get to it. Once the scree slog is over, we reached a point just below the ridge where we faced the first of a few obstacles en route to the summit. To surmount them, we stayed below the ridge until just before the summit. The route-finding was more challenging than I expected. We did it in dry conditions and I can see that in snow or even wet conditions would be treacherous on some sections.
We leave the meadows behind
The ascent begins in the gully in the centre and then takes the ridge to the ridge of it
(click for a larger image)
Looking back at the vast scree basin we had to cross
Starting up the scree
The tarns are far below us (click for a larger image)
Serious drop on the right
The long climb up a scree slope gives way to the first obstacle. Note the
summit on the left.
There's quite a bit of scrambling before you reach the summit.
Looking back at Wayne and Lori ascending (click for a larger image)
A narrow ridge leads to the summit cairn
Heading back along the ridge from the summit
Climbing down the steepest section on the return
Back on the scree. The summit is the point on the left.
Back in the gully at the base of the mountain
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