For some time, I’d been wanting to get back in the mountains and the end of lasted year spotted a post on the New Zealand Alpine Club Facebook page asking if anyone was available for a trip. That was the start of a great learning experience and some quality time in the mountains. This post will focus on the what happened and most importantly what I learnt and will do differently in the future.
For as long as I can remember I’ve been fascinated by the idea of climbing mountains! Most certainly driven from an early age of hearing about my fathers climbing trips.
To gain more skills in the mountains several years ago a few mates and I completed an ASM beginners mountaineering course, from this I learnt a lot of good skills but realised Australia has no real big mountains! So recently the bug caught me for an economical course in NZ. I finally settled on the High Alpine Skills Course offered by the New Zealand Alpine Club. The net result heaps of new skills, new friends, more experience and some shiny new gear for next time.
Mueller Hut is a fantastic overnight trip out from the Mt Cook village. About four hours drive from Christchurch. Our trip was over the Easter long weekend, which turned out to be a great time to visit. Sitting at the hut and watching the clouds roll over glaciers and mountains and listening to distant avalanches is not a bad way to spend a sunny afternoon. This is the 5th reincarnation of the hut, that opened in 2003.
This is an amazing hut recently built to replace an old hut that has now been replaced. A pot belly stove has recently been installed that will make emergency cold winter nights a lot more bearable.