Exploring the Reese Valley; Mt. Clark

I quickly realized that my time in NZ was running out with less that two weeks so I was fortunate to meet up with my friend Manu and start a predawn mission up the Reese Valley heading for Mt. Clark.. We are heading towards those snow covered peaks Pre Dawn Lightshow I hate river crossings By now I could use some sunshine About 6kms up valley and a few crossings of the river we got to the base of our climb and started heading up an area referred to as Clarkes Slip, this is when the views started coming out. Heading up Clarke's slip Well Hello Earnslaw After a tad bit of a sketchy climb and a tad bit of Tussock bashing we were in the high alpine and trying to climb Clark before the bad weather arrived. Looks like the weather is about to crap itself Okay it looks pretty rad up here We were heading for a peak behind the prominent rocky one. Looking at our route towards Mt. Clark Manu skinning up with Earnslaw in the background Manu skinning with Lake Wakitipu in the distance From the summit of Clark I got my first view of the Reese and Dart valleys and the endless potential of the area. It's rugged and it's wild and I like what I see. Looking into the Reese Valley The Dart Valley Bad clouds on the horizion and Mt. Aspiring After the views from the summit we raced down as fast as possible knowing it was going to rain hard soon. While I did film the descent I didn't get any pictures until we made it to the spicy descent down Clarke's slip. We went up this? and then we were crossing the river and back out of the Reese Valley and back into Glenarchy. Heading down the Reese While hanging out at the DOC station I found out that I am from a pretty rad area and that I had a bunch of epic riding to get back to. But I had one final week in NZ and some of the best snow. Washington sounds pretty rad!!

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