View south from Mt McRae with the Wairau valley on left and Travers valley on the RHS. (Scroll right to view full image)View south from Mt McRae with the Wairau valley on left and Travers valley on the RHS. (Scroll right to view full image)

Assisted on the Nelson Tramping Club's Snow Skills Training day held at the Rainbow Skifield on Sat Aug 5. With a great base and fresh powder on top, the conditions weren't ideal for the participants to come to grips with using an iceaxe and crampons. Practising self-arresting moved plenty of powder but with little purchase for the iceaxe pick, the slides were long and exhilarating. After lunch on a frozen lake we climbed up to the north-south running ridgeline and continued south to summit Mt McRae before some more bum sliding on our return to the carpark