Crossing the Grand Plateau, Mt Cook National Park

Crossing the Grand Plateau, beneath the East face of Mt Cook. The rock rib leading to the high peak (centre) is known as Zurbriggen's ridge - the first solo ascent of Mt Cook was made via this route. The scar from the East face landslide is visible (it extends from the high peak diagonally to the left, ending in a pile of rubble on a shelf above the main glacier. The landslide still appeared to be active on this occassion - rocks the size of houses were coming down continuously - three years after the main event!

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