Skis, thats what we should have had this week! Had some snow this week up at Plateau hut with David while trying to climb Mt Cook. Started on day one with a quick flight into Plateau Hut before the weather changed in the afternoon. We got out on the ANZAC the 1st fine weather day and the hut started to full up with Jane and Nathan from AGL flying in to join us too.
Then it started snowing, with the freezing level low got about 1m of snow up high. When it cleared we had light and dry snow outside the hut. David as a keen skier asked where our ski are and can we get snow flown into the hut, would have made for some great skiing. Instead we started to prepare the route up Mt Cook, walking in the early morning up the Linda before the sun hut the slopes.
Due to the Avalanche hazard up high we didn’t attempt Cook the 1st day waiting for the new snow to settle.
Next morning with a 1am start we heading up with the other groups from the hut, thanks to the Italian group that broke trail on the upper mountain.
Good weather though a little cold on the actual summit with SW winds still blowing. Back to the Hut in good time, passing most of the other parties on the mountain up high, busy mountain with the 1st ascents for 2014. Jane, and Dave (AGL) had both their clients on the summit around the same time as us, though warmer just below the summit (no down jackets required) so no standing together for summit photos.
The last day of the trip we went for a quick 3hr climbing on Glacier Dome as David was keen on more mixed climbing having enjoyed the summit rocks so much.
Great trip and planing more climbing for next year, Pioneer for mixed climbing?