Well, it’s definitely been an interesting climatic season in the New Zealand Alps this year.
We began with one of the wettest and windiest December/early Januarys that I can remember – although all that precipitation coming down as snow to low levels really did set the glacier regions up for the great conditions we are encountering now.
From mid-January, someone flicked a switch and we have been enjoying an amazing long “endless high pressure”, which has seen a couple of great late-season ascents of Aoraki, and some very happy guests on ascents programs and courses.
A few curious events, such as the massive rockslide to come down between Mt Haast & Mt Dixon in the Grand Plateau, have added a bit of spice. No-one was hurt, although the guides and guests there at the time were pretty awestruck.
This makes the Dixon –Haast traverse pretty easy – just walk over the rubble a few minutes from the door of Plateau Hut!
With the beautiful warm and sunny weather now is the time to start thinking of big alpine rock ascents, either on one of our specialist Alpine Rock trips or tackling a route like the West ridge of Malte Brun on a 6 day Ascents Program. Make the call and get in now!