The Caroline face of Mt Cook

The 2000m South-east Caroline face of Mt Cook. The summit on the left is the low peak, the summit on the right is the middle peak. The high peak lies beyond. The Caroline face is difficult because of its length and the high level of objective danger - ice falls seem to continue throughout the day and night. I'm happy to look at it from a safe distance. The classic East ridge ascends the right skyline ridge to the middle peak. The jaggered south ridge, leading towards us from the low peak, was first climbed by Ed Hillary and his mentor Harry Ayres prior to his ascent of Everest in 1953.

(Catherine Mckie took this picture.)

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