A trip into Mt Cook National Park

 Mount Sefton catching the early morning light.

Mount Sefton catching the early morning light.

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.

 Quite possibly the coolest picnic table on the planet.

Quite possibly the coolest picnic table on the planet.

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.

 The backdrops speak for themselves...

The backdrops speak for themselves...

We headed up to the infamous Mueller Hut; one of New Zealands many spectacular alpine huts.

 Loo with a view.

Loo with a view.

Mueller sits on a really cool plateau with a breathtaking surrounding amphitheater.

 Ice falls and avalanches off Sefton are a common occurrence right from the deck of the hut.

Ice falls and avalanches off Sefton are a common occurrence right from the deck of the hut.

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.

 Looking down the Hooker valley. Note the significant wall of lateral moraine from where the Mueller Glacier used to be!

Looking down the Hooker valley. Note the significant wall of lateral moraine from where the Mueller Glacier used to be!

The next day we wanted to get some time on the rock...

 The next day we headed for the rock and had an absolutely rad climbing session.

The next day we headed for the rock and had an absolutely rad climbing session.

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.

 Danger Dave in his element.

Danger Dave in his element.

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!