Off the Beaten Path
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Thanks for the comments re: photos - this past Sunday was one of those stellar days when even the least-talented photographer can't help but take great shots.
thecamel: we hiked up with intention of doing the arete, but after experiencing how unsupportive the snow was on the way in and chatting with a few other parties about the conditions (and after getting some forecasts from home that predicted the freezing level at 3000+ metres), we decided on Saturday night to abandon our plans and sleep in - we had a lazy morning and went up Mount Cook instead (where I took the photos) - however, we could see that two climbers did summit via the arete while we were doing our hike....so we chose wrong (and now, if I am ever going to finally cross the arete off of my list, I still have to hike up that bloody trail yet again...).
trail_blazer3: it was late in the afternoon on Saturday when we came up the trail. The Saturday/Sunday overnight temperatures near the lake did get close to freezing. At 6:00 a.m. there was a bit of harder crust that formed overnight, but I was still punching through, even without my pack on my back.
On the plus side, we did get to see a wolverine running over the snowfields on Cook.