Tony Baldwin
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Being in the outdoors with friends invigorates the soul. Tony's outdoor passions include ski touring, outrigger paddling, sailing, alpine tramping, multisport events, and white-water paddling.

Here is a short selection of photos from a few trips and locations that may be of interest:

Craigieburn Valley
Tucked in a tight valley between Porters and Arthurs Pass, Craigieburn Valley is a skier's paradise – steep chutes, long basins, no crowds, and nothing is groomed. On a powder day, it’s like heli-skiing – the rope tow is your chopper. Nearly every day ends feeling stuffed but very satisfied.

Gertrude Valley + Milford Sound
Surrounded by massive U-shaped granite walls carved by ancient glaciers, the Gertrude Valley offers one of New Zealand’s finest day walks. The views from the Gertrude saddle and above are simply breathtaking. On a clear day, Milford Sound and the Tasman Sea glisten thousands of feet below, encircled by the rugged ruptured peaks of the Darren mountains towering above.

Lake Angelus
The route along the Spencer Range in the Nelson Lakes National Park to Lake Angelus is extremely popular in summer (probably best avoided in January and February if you prefer less crowded huts). The contrast in winter is dramatic – the vast expanse is almost untouched by anyone. Craggy loose rock ridges become broad wind-groomed snow ramps, and the only visible bit of DOC’s 36 bunk hut is a shovel in the chimney.

Honeymoon Bay
At the southern end of the Abel Tasman National Park, Honeymoon Bay is a beautiful, quiet enclave, with a gorgeous view across Tasman Bay toward D'Urville Island. Some views over different moods and seasons.

Canadian Rockies
In contrast to NZ's fanged and loose Southern Alps, the Canadian Rockies have a more permanent, geometric appearance. Tony has ski toured in Canada on several trips - around Sir Sandford peak in the upper Selkirk range; from Sandpoint in Idaho to the Canadian border (in the lower Selkirk range); and at Sorcerer Lodge, north of Roger's Pass.

Mt Arthur
A popular tramping area, located behind Motueka, winter 2006 delivered a stunning snow dump, providing some not-so-common perspectives of the Tablelands, Mt Arthur's northern approach, and the vista across Tasman Bay toward Nelson

Grand Canyon
Arid, ancient, and seriously unusual, the canyons are truly grand. From mid-November to early December 2005, Tony joined a private party of New Zealanders and Americans on a 21 day (210 mile) rafting trip, from the 'put in' at Lees Ferry to the 'take out' above Lake Mead, with lots of hiking, rock scrambling, and fossil foraging en-route.

Murchison and Tasman Glaciers
Gouging out Mt Cook's eastern flank, the Tasman and Murchison glaciers, and their adjoining catchments, offer exceptional ski touring and ski mountaineering, with a myriad of couloirs, bowls, peaks, ice falls and head-walls to explore. The photos below follow a stunning arch of glaciated terrain, from the Aida Glacier at one end, curving around to the Darwin and Bonny Glaciers at the other end. It is one of New Zealand’s special places.

Fox and Franz Joseph Glaciers
Plunging from the high giants of NZ’s Southern Alps, down to the lush bush (rain-forest) of our West Coast, and out to the vast expanse of the Tasman Sea, are the Fox and Franz Joseph glaciers – stunning oceans of ice and snow. A spectacular helicopter ride into a small alpine hut perched high on a rocky outcrop above each enormous névé gives access to some of the most sensational ski touring and climbing in the world