Another great trip on the Tasman Glacier, with a crew from Wellington. We had a busy week with long days and early starts to make the most of the weather this week. The early starts gave great light for photos and with the TMC doing similar things each day and posing as models out in the terrain showing the big vistas.
With the TMC around we often combined forces for learning, Sam took advantage of perfect self arrest conditions on the way to Hochstetter Dome.
While in the mountains, Will had his birthday, so the guys had to make a cake out of what we had, not the right number of candles but close?
We had perfect conditions on Alymer after a false start, got up at 6am but the snow started and then cleared again by mid day so we left when it cleared for an afternoon race up to the summit before it got dark (remember your head torch?).
Even with the early start and then late climb the guys had the motivation to build a snow cave after dinner finally getting into the cave after 10pm and knowing we had an early start to beat the incoming weather the next day. Some quick Ice climbing in the lower ice fall on the way to the helicopter flight out to Mt Cook Village finished our time in the mountains.
With the winds still not to strong in Mt Cook Village we took advantage of the last of the good weather and got some multipitch rock climbing in.
The last day we finally had a sleep in with rain falling on the roof and was spent catching up on the theory we had missed by being out in the field each day. A big week packing in as much as we could. The guys are already talking about Aspiring and Mt Cook as the next trips so expect to see them back soon.