Aoraki/Mt Cook

Aoraki/Mt Cook from Dixon. From this angle it's a far more beautiful mountain than seen from the village. The top section of the Linda is visible, but not very clearly, on the right as the large oval snowfield. A massive avalanche had fallen off the aptly named "Gunbarrels" and run halfway down the Linda a few days earlier. But did that make it safer or just prove how dangerous it could be?

The summit ice-field is the square patch just below the summit, the Gunbarrel is the ice cliff pointing down from this, like Damocles sword. The summit rocks are the triangle of rock left of this - you climb the left side of the triangle after crossing leftwards under the Gunbarrels and traversing the Linda Shelf.

© Andrew Jacob 2000