Not very far from Mount Cook village is the road up to Ball Hut and the Tasman Glacier. We didn’t try to drive past the car park, instead walking up the quite high moraine wall at the foot of the glacier lake. After a fairly easy track followed by a bit of a scramble, we were on top of the wall with a view along the lake.
We headed for Wanaka over Easter, stopping on the way down from Nelson at Mt Cook. It was a long trip, well over 8 hours, and we were keen to get there before dark. We made it, driving up the valley towards Mt Cook village as the sun was casting shadows while lighting up Aoraki:
Radio New Zealand is currently running a series covering Simon Morton’s attempt to climb Mt Aspiring (Tititea). We are following it with interest as my son accompanied the team as a second guide. He works as a professional guide for the internationally respected guiding company Adventure Consultants. At the time he had a client cancel and this was a good chance to keep up his fitness (!). You can listen to the first episode here (do a search on the Radio NZ site for ‘Aspiring’ and you’ll find the remainder).