Ascent to Mount Cook-(notes - no summit attempt) on 2015-01-10

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Saturday, January 10, 2015
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
Point Reached:Mount Cook - (notes - no summit attempt)
    Location:New Zealand
    Elevation:1640 ft / 499 m

Ascent Trip Report

Viewed from main road (Lake Pukaki) in passing: beyond scope of our trip and highest point not accessible without hard/dangerous ice climbing, maybe best done in Spring with good ice/snow cover? Guides won't go to true summit as too difficult to protect and Maori tradition forbids standing on the actual summit. However, in e.g. Himalaya, respect for local beliefs and/or a summit cornice would mean stopping 1 or 2 metres short, not say 60m short, so the "climbers summit" turnaround seems to be at least in part due to objective danger / technical difficulty. Has become much harder since 1990s rockfall.

True highpoint visit: Eric and Matthew Gilbertson 5 Nov 2012: trip report true summit c. 200ft beyond and 20ft higher than end of main ridge.

Climbers summit (foresummit) visit: Kathryn Vollinger and Danilo Hegg 16-20 Dec 2011: report and photos See photo/caption: The summit of Aoraki / Mount Cook. (A) is the top of the ice cap. (B) is the climbers' summit - this is where most climbers stop. (C) is the actual high peak, a couple of meters higher than (B). According to Ngai Tahu's request that the summit of Aoraki should not be trodden, climbers generally don't go that far

NZ Alpine Club page

Tutoko and Cook photos
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1640 ft / 499 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1640 ft / 499 m
    Start Trailhead:0 ft / 0 m
Descent Statistics

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