High altitude in the Himalaya.
High altitude in the Himalaya.
Getting to walk around the highlands was something I had been really looking forward to.
I love the mentality and attitude that the Scottish people hold towards the outdoors, and the law they have passed, allowing free access to public and private lands.
Skiing a sunset couloir was an amazing experience. We walked in for a couple hours, got our short decent, then trekked back to the car. I was lucky enough to share it with my little sister and dad on his tellies, the first time he had skied in the highlands in 30 years.
Good living and ski touring out of huts near Pemberton BC.
A lot of fresh snow, blue skies and big smiles.
We had to dash to civilisation after the first week, to restock with food, then came back into a different hut for another few days.
Already planning a trip back!
We loaded up the boats and paddled into Patterson's inlet, and half way up Freshwater River.
Stashing the kayaks, we tramped across to the West side of the Island.
We set up at an old abandonded homestead down at the bottom of Masons Bay, for the week, hunting, diving and fishing.
The days were super long (20hrs), due to being that far south at the time of year.
We struck the weather incredibly well for Stewart Island, and had no schedule apart from the tides.
On the way back we combined the walk and paddle and pulled up for an amazing last night on a little deserted island on the east side.
I was stoked get some time for summer trips, and a lot on the bike before heading to Japan. Here's a clip with my brother that a friend Oscar put together.
7 days living and working off the Department of Conservation vessel 'Southern Winds' we took down the rugged Fiordland coast.
After finishing a morning class on UC Campus, I made dash for the backcountry hut the family was posted up at for a few days.
Biking in the valley, I crossed the river enough times to not feel my toes by the time I started the trek up to the snow line.
Reaching the snow on dark, I switched on my head torch and begun the skin up to the cosy hut.
On the opening weekend of our home club-field we decided to put on a free coaching weekend for 25 kids. We had some awesome conditions and had so much fun skiing with the younger crew.
700kms and 18 consecutive days on the water, 2 peaks and 1 volcano climbed.
Bears, wolves, whales, moose, fish, seals, sea lions, dolphins, porpoises, eagles and otters.
Between jumping hemisphere, and seasons, we decided to have a pit stop on the Hawaiian island of Ohau.
I've been lucky enough to have done a few trips into Fiordland National Park this year, and it's safe to say that; every time I go back, I am completely blown away.
I feel so lucky to have gotten to go on this adventure, it was the trip of a lifetime for me. I got to go places where very few people have set foot before and experience a different kind of trip by being at sea for a week.
A week in the Wilderness.
A last minute strike mission into the Southern Alps to climb and ski the iconic peak.
It was a multi day saga, but we struck it hot and got home at 4am on Monday morning, chalking it up as a huge success of a weekend.
Here's a quick little taste..
The conditions haven't been ideal for skiing lately so we decided to use a small weather window and get into the Southern Alps.
When skiing isn't an option, or if the conditions are poor, the Hawea river wave is a go-to location for an off the hill session.
I was lucky enough to get asked on the annual Mt Aspiring College mountaineering and climbing trip as an third instructor.
Cook National Park is special because it holds New Zealands highest mountain (Aoraki/Mount Cook) which sits at 3724m in the heart of the Southern Alps.
The track climbs straight up from the valley floor near Mt Cook Village, one popular stop on the grunt up is; the Sealy Tarns, which are a little group of key hole lakes, and right next to them is the epic picnic table above.
We headed up to the infamous Mueller Hut; one of New Zealands many spectacular alpine huts.
Mueller sits on a really cool plateau with a breathtaking surrounding amphitheater.
The crashes and booms the ice falls make are echoed right around you. If you can quickly catch one before the sound waves hit you then you are in for a treat.
It was crampons and ice axes from the bottom of the track after the storms.
The next day we wanted to get some time on the rock...
Due to the dry weather and south facing rock walls the possiblities were endless. We were climbing in T shirts with snow all around us.
We had just packed up the vans and started heading home as the weather came in. It ended up being a super successful trip, and we were peaking to tick off what we were able to do in the window we had!
I woke early, ground up a wild mixture of fruits and vegetables and took my classic smoothie to-go.
I grabbed the kit and headed out for an early morning fly fish (I can't tell you the spot exactly ;) I had an amazing morning out in the river surrounded by some of Wanaka's best scenery.
It was super special for me to go for a ski tour right out the backyard, and could only do so because of two early storms that left low snow cover, and a chance for me to ski for the first time ever on my birthday.
To get a ski tour in the sunset on the low lying hills was something that'll stick with me, I'm sure!