Mountains are always a tad unpredictable - but predictable in the very unpredictable nature.
This large rock avalanche fell from the crux step on Silberhorn and onto the Grand Plateau of Aoraki Mt Cook at Approx 1pm on 31st Dec 2020. Had anybody been walking back from a Aoraki Ascent there would have been no way to avoid it. Thankfully nobody was injured and the debris field did not reach Plateau Hut. In this image you can see Mt Vancouver in tge upper Linda Glacier also showing signs of rock instability. As our climate warms and we lose more ice our mtns become more unstable
Take care in 2021 and beyond. Climb safe - come home
Looking at the West face of Glacier Peak. The mountain has been down wasting quite a lot however early season conditions are still allowing access through the lower shrund. This access on climbers left may well collapse in the coming weeks as higher temperatures and rainfall open / collapse the Bergshrunds
As a fairly straightforward climb you can easily expect to do this route in approx 6-7 hours from pioneer hut ( condition dependant )
A great day out with spring touring conditions in tge Gamack range - Mt Cook National Park. A timely reminder about potential spring hazards with a size 4 avalanche running in the recent past out of the steep terrain in the region we were in. The cause? Likely heavy rain loading of a isothermic snowpack that failed to ground
After a very Intense 7 day storm cycle we finally managed to get out of the mountains after being hut bound - litterally - for 7 days while over 2 m of snow was
A blown away by severe gale NW winds
B and then around 3m of snow was again deposited by a intense and unseasonally cold NW Snow event
Epic conditions post storm at The Grand Plateau with 40cm of non wind effected powder. We kept it conservative on this particular day - with a freezing level rapidly rising to 3000m it paid to keep things relatively low angle with low consequence
Just out from The Grand Plateau / Aoraki Mt Cook. Stunning ski mountaineering trip with incredible conditions and a epic crew! More to follow ....
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Aoraki wearing his cape after being shone on by the 22 degree ice Halo the day before.
Another amazing day out skitouring above the inversion! Seeking out the untouched lines with great snow conditions on ESE aspects. The terrain options available just beyond the boundries at Treble Cone are quite varied and suprising. Cone get some 🎿
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