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 🎿
#skitouring #getsome #stablesnowpack #avalanche #earningturns #updownupdown #nz #winter...
Ski Touring season is on. Good times beyond the boundary. Going up is just as fun as going down ...
Awesome day our earning the turns on Mt Cardrona. The snowpack is still thin in many places and a tad hollow but with great skiing if you pick your lines carefully and aware of potential shark attacks!
Only 1 day left to get a great deal on Heliskiing up in Mt Cook with @mtcookheliski $895 for a 5 run day $115 / extra run
Shoot me a message here to get in for this amazing deal. Best conditions late July to mid September
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Whiteout mtn morning means it’s time to get the ski desk sorted 🎿
Throwback to the tow and old 2 seater ...... opening day at TC and accessing the summit by skinning from the top of the 6
Great day and great snow above 170 on SE and S aspects
#tc #treblecone #skitouring #openingday #winter #needmoresnow
SAR training - Stropping equipment into a rescue location
#wanaka #searchandrescue #SAR #winter...
Trips in Focus #10
Bush Stream Ice Climbing - New Zealand
In the early 2000’s I got to spend multiple winters living up high in Bush Stream in MCNP exploring new ice routes with a whole range of climbing partners.
Bush Stream is an incredible alpine style ice climbing Mecca
For those familiar with Wye Creek it is at least 4-5 times larger in scope of routes already done whilst the area itself is at least 2 orders of magnitude larger
Routes go from WI 2 up to WI5
Good avalanche knowledge is 100% mandatory as is winter camping skills and the ability to find and make anchors for retreat / descent
Routes themselves range from 1-5 pitches.
The potential here is still yet really untouched whilst second ascents of routes are still to be had and grading can be subjective!
There is a new guide book coming out from the NZAC ( Barron Saddle / Mt Brewster ) as well as my older guide that can be found on my website
Best times for climbing can range from early July out until late August.
Access either via Short Heli or 3 1/3 hour walk up typical NZ winter creek wander
#nz #winter #iceclimbing #camping #ice #climb #climbing #swing #icetools #multipitch