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[TR] New Zealand - Aoraki Mount Cook - Linda Glacier 12/07/2017

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Trip: Aoraki Mount Cook - Linda Glacier

Trip Date: 12/07/2017

Trip Report:

For anyone interested, I recently traveled to New Zealand and successfully climbed Aoraki Mount Cook via the Linda Glacier, approaching from the valley floor via Ball Shelter and the Boys Glacier.  Trip report and photos here: https://www.jeffreyjhebert.com/adventures/linda-glacier-on-aoraki-mount-cook

Gear Notes:
Pickets, screws, nuts; 2 tools; crevasse rescue gear; 70m single line

Approach Notes:
Just about everyone takes a helicopter to Plateau Hut these days. We hiked in. Due to to glacial recession and erosion, it's unsavory and somewhat dangerous to do so.


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Nice!  The hike in or out of Plateau is no joke.  I'm lucky my wife didn't divorce me on the spot.  Glad you ticked the summit, it's a proud peak!

Did you get to Aspiring?

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Thanks!  We planned to climb Tasman while we were up on the Plateau, but the weather closed in after we climbed Cook and we heard from some guides that the route was out.  We also planned to do Aspiring later in the trip, but the weather stayed quite unsettled, so we drank wine and ate cheese near Wanaka and Queenstown instead.

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Nice work, especially with the reconstructed knee! When we were at the Plateau Hut on Nov 24th, a group of Kiwi guides turned around on Tasman due to route conditions. They tried Dixon as well, but the soft snow and bergschrund stopped them. 

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