A TTC trip to Aoraki Mt Cook to ski the Tasman Glacier, August 11-19 2012
Waiting in the Two Thumb Range, we broke gear in heavy wet easterly snow.
Then the window opened and we seized our chance to fly into Tasman Saddle hut, where we were delighted to find 60cm of fresh dry snow, no crust and three days of bluebird skies.
The party was David Grainger (leader), Rob Hawes, Cherie Marshall and Daniel Rogerson.
Dave, Rob, Daniel and Cherie at Mt Cook airport
Three were excited, one was nervous
Great views of east faces of Aoraki during flight up valley
Rob finishes digging a path down to Tassy Saddle hut door
Cherie's first time on the big glacier
Nice first run of our trip was on slopes under Aylmer
View from near Tasman Saddle
Seracs under Tasman Saddle Hut
Pre-dawn as seen at the hut
Sidling the powder on our way to Kelman hut
Cherie about to cruise 7km down the Tasman glacier
Rob near Darwin Corner
The prospect of the return skin!
Cherie with Aoraki Mt Cook in the far distance
Exploring serac field near Tasman Saddle Hut
Dave having sidestepping fun
Towers of ice
Cherie can't quite believe she's here
Another day another run, with Rob and Dan
Seeing Mt Annan from Hochstetter slopes
Rob and Dan and the west coast
and with Mts Green and Walter
Dan and Dave about to ski Hochstetter slopes
All our tracks - no-one else here
Another successful TTC trip to Mt Cook region.