Amazing opportunities in the past 10 days in #NZ for just about any kind of sport .... However tge conditions were so epic that there was no doubt for me - #paragliding in the last week has meant I’ve pushed through a series of #headspace barriers and have been experiencing some flying I’ve only dreamed of achieving in the past
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
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 ....
#skimountaineering #mountaineering #nz #spring #instruction #course #cmc
Aoraki wearing his cape after being shone on by the 22 degree ice Halo the day before.