In Training for Aoraki Mount Cook

by Kelly on October 29, 2009

Wasn’t it great to see moments of summer in the weekend!  Well we decided to make the most of it and I really needed to get a nice heavy pack on my back so I could start getting the feel of it for Cook.  I plan to climb Aoraki Mount Cook, which is New Zealand’s highest mountain at 3754m in December this year.

We tramped up to Pinnacle Hut from Woolshed Creek Carpark and then back to Woolshed Hut for the night, about 5 odd hours in total.  There were some amazing rock formations and heaps of waterfalls to see along the way.  Views of Taylor and Old Man ranges dominated the scenery.   You could drink the water straight from the stream, it was beautiful.  There was a small canyon just near the hut and i’ve heard people do use that general area for canyoning which would be awesome.  The hut that night slept 26 people and it was packed out.

The next day we took the Bus Stop track back to Woolshed carpark, which took about 3 hours.  There was a lot of water on the track in parts but amazing views made it worth while.  All in all, Mount Somers Walkway is a tramp I would recommend and except for some gear I lost downstream it was a great break away!

I’m climbing Mount Cook to raise money for Arthritis New Zealand.  It would be wonderful if you want to support this cause, you can donate by following this link and in the message box put ‘Mount Cook- Kelly’.  Thanks everybody!

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