Mt Oates, Arthurs Pass National Park

Mt Oates (2050m) and Lake Mavis in mid-winter. After a period of -10C-15C temperatures the lake had frozen solid. However, a rare calm night and the odd meteor shower made this an excellent bivy! There was a spectacular sunrise which lit the low peak of Mt Rolleston in the West.

Mt Oates is a high point on the Main Divide. Like the peaks on the Polar range immediately to the East, it is one of a number of tramper-friendly mountains named after Antartic explorers, hence Mt Bowers, Scott, Wilson etc.

Lake Mavis in summer.

Crossing into the Edwards Valley.

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