Typical NZ Spring storms are coming through and just last week we had fresh snow all around the mountains near Wanaka. October ended with our ski touring team coming out of Tasman Saddle hut, a successful Copeland pass alpine trekking traverse and a Mount Cook climb that could not eventuate because of the full on weather and avalanche dangers. IFMGA mountain guide Sean Brooks with mountaineer Rob had an interesting time at Plateau hut with the wind keeping them awake during the nights spent up there. Chief mountain guide Gary Dickson sat out the storm with VIP team Phil, Bill, John and Geoff and they managed a good number of excellent ski turns in the surrounding areas for the next couple of days, finishing with a splendid ski down the Tasman Glacier. However, they witnessed lots of avalanche activity too. NZMGA mountain guide Pete James with Darrin were also in the area, waiting in Mt Cook village for the weather to clear enough. After they saw the Chamoix bar windows blown out and the storm finally calming down, they were able to cross the Main Divide and here some photos (all by Pete James) telling more:
The latest ascents trip to Plateau hut for an attempt on Mt Cook last week got aborted just below the summit rocks. It was one of those moments to think the mountain will still be there and so will the climbers to have another go. Conditions for climbing Mt Cook via the Linda Glacier are deteriorating very quickly with all this fine , hot weather.
4th Decemeber 2009 was a memorable day for Phil and Bill. A fantastic day of blue sky and cold conditions was perfect for their Mt Cook summit. Well done lads – just reward for all the hard hours spent training for this special adventure.
Press release Friday 4th December: a very happy day for Wanaka locals having climbed to the top of Mt Cook. Our distinguished and honored returning mountaineering guests Phil and Bill have successfully been to the top of Mt Cook with IFMGA guides Sean and Gaz.
Both Phil and Bill have been putting in the hard yards to be as fit as necessary for the demanding ascent – it was up to the weather gods to give a reasonable window for the 4some to get in, acclimatize, climb and then get out… tomorrow. A full moon and no wind, we promise more details soon – looking forward to hear them myself.
Good luck fellas.. that’s for the trip home now