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Taking it to the extreme: Majestic Mt Cook

GARY HUGHES
Last updated 05:00 31/01/2013
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Glen Loveridge hiking Mt. Cook National Park with Aoraki looming in the background.

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This photo was taken over Wellington Anniversary weekend in 2012.

Glen Loveridge and I hiked Ball Pass in Aoraki National Park, a three day alpine traverse from the Tasman to the Hooker Valley that tops out on Aoraki's South-East ridge and descends with the Caroline Face looming over you.

The photo was taken on the first day as we struck out down the Hooker Valley to our first camp at the Playing Fields. 

The weather was perfect for the entire three days and the views were outstanding. Waking up on the morning of the traverse seeing the summit of Aoraki catching the first of the morning sun was one of many highlights. One of the best alpine days I've had.


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