A view across the Cantebury Plains towards the Torlesse Range.
Mt Oxford is on the far right.
The tramp starts across farmland before the ascent ridge.
Mt Oxford is centre left.
Orange Jelly Fungi (Dacryopinax sp.)
The ridge ascends through beech forest.
Above the tree line the snow suddenly gets deeper than we expected.
Lower down the snow had re-frozen into ice and made things a bit slippery. It improved with height.
Getting some good height and some good views.
The Torlesse Range is centre right.
Wind blown ice on the snow grass.
The last few steps to the summit.
Mt Oxford. Second bagging. This time with great views!
The wind is icy so it's only a short break on the summit.
It's across the tops we go searching for a sheltered spot for lunch.
The ice formations on the snow grass are quite spectacular.
Descending down to the tree line and a little shelter from the wind.
We enter beech forest and there's still quite a lot of snow.
Beech forest with plenty of old man beard lichen.
Hundreds of beech scale insects produce honeydew drops.
Crossing Coopers Creek below Ryde Falls.
This would be a great swimming hole in summer!
Almost back at the cars.
One last look back to Mt Oxford and the ridge we climbed.
There was plenty of mud on the track.
Completely thawed unfortunately.
Anita shouts us to dinner at the Oxford Working Mens Club.
They let women in. And probably non-working men too.