Climber aiming for true height
Mission to measure Mt CookRHONDA MARKBY
An Oamaru man is looking to establish the true height of Aoraki/Mt Cook.
The exact height of New Zealand's highest mountain has not been known since a rockfall back in December 1991.
Oamaru-based surveyor Jim Anderson has received an ''expedition award'' of $500 from the Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand towards the project.
Mr Anderson will ''put his climbing skills to good use and cart survey equipment to the summit of Mt Cook in an attempt to get the first accurate measurement of its height since the rock fall of December 1991,'' according to FMC's October newsletter.
He is carrying out the project under the guidance of the University of Otago's National School of Surveying.
Aoraki Mt Cook lost an estimated 10 metres in height in the 1991 rockfall in which 12 million cubic metres of rock and ice travelled up to 7.5 kilometres at an average speed of 200 kilometres an hour. No property was damaged and there were no fatalities.
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