Ralph Warburton – photographer, mountaineer and mountain guide

Several years ago or more Ralph Warburton, a well known Wanaka local decided to publish a book of his life’s experiences. As an Apple computer techy I got involved quite often assisting with the technology needed for authoring and self publishing.

Ralph sadly passed away subsequently, and so too perhaps in sympathy did his computer! But I’d been backing it up, and with his daughter’s permission some years back, I’m posting here the images [colour slides] he had scanned.

Presumably I’ve posted the eastern [Mt Cook] photos in this first installment. I also presume it’s not always Ralph featuring in the images [after all he was a professional photographer, as well as an accomplished mountaineer and mountain guide], but his late wife Joyce.

Ralph and Scott on the Tasman Glacier. Mt Cook in the background…
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Mt Cook National Park was formed in 1953, and as such dogs would have then been banned in the area, so using this as a guide I’m guessing the images would have been made just prior. Certainly Ralph’s book [link below] would aid this dating, but it’s been awhile since I read it.

The old De la Beche Hut, Mt Cook in the background…
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I wonder who this is? Probably the Hochstetter Icefall on the right, which may make the rock part of the ANZAC peak. I recall seeing a famous photo of Samuel Turner poised on one leg for the camera on this peak, so there is this association in my brain, but the date range would probably be too disparate for it to be him…
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Hooker hut with Mt Cook in the background…
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Upper Tasman Glacier with Hochstetter Dome in the background…
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If anyone can add information to these photos please contact me via email.

You can purchase Ralph’s interesting book here

The next lot of images below seem to be of the West Coast – this is where Ralph lived for quite a few years.

I think this’ll be the old hotel at Fox Glacier…
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And this perhaps the old hotel at Franz Josef Glacier…
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Scott was indeed a very good climber…
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This looks like the old I Pioneer hut that was destroyed by rockfall…#alttext#

Probably the head of the Franz Josef Glacier neve…
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Okarito I presume…
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I can only think these two men are gold mining the black beach sands. Possibly the Shaw Bros. of Gillespies Beach near Fox Glacier?…
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This looks suspiciously like it was taken looking down on the Grand Plateau – perhaps from Zurbriggins or the East Ridge of Mt Cook?…#alttext#

More recently the Ralph I knew at Wanaka, with Joyce…
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Thanks Ralph – it was a pleasure knowing you

Cheers

Donald

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  1 comment for “Ralph Warburton – photographer, mountaineer and mountain guide

  1. Chris Warburton
    July 22, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    I am Chris,Ralph’s son.Loved to see these pics on here and myself and my brothers and sister is here too.
    Good on you and thank you.
    Chris Warburton..

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