K2 SUPER CLUESDAY! Win’em, ski’em – Conquer the Earth.

| September 23, 2008 | 183 Comments

Our story begins after you have been magically transported to the top of the peak identified (hopefully) in Clue #4

It’s late afternoon and you have no headlamp, compass or topo map, but, pffft – who needs ‘em?  Use the force Luke and just start skiing.

Stepping into your bindings, you cruise along a ridgeline with gobsmacking exposure on all sides.  Glancing to the left and right, you come to what looks like a skiable line and turn off.

Gut-wrenching steep, exposed turns lead down a face.  The sun is setting and there is mot much time.  Sticking to the fall-line, you weave around seracs, icefalls and huck a few fifty-footers with blue ice landings all bathed in brilliant alpenglow.  Where’s the photographer when you need him?

Then, shazaam! Stokage!  You have made it through the crux of a suspected first descent!  Relieved, you make big sweeping turns across a bit of a plateau, and then come to a glacier.

At the glacier, you take a skier’s left.

By now, it is pitch black and you are dodging crevasses by Braille for hours while staying on the glacier.  This is misery…. when will it end?

Exhausted, you eventually see the outlines of some structures in the moonlight.  Ahhhh, praise Allah…

Staggering up to the structures, you  meet a climber geared up for an early alpine start and ask “Where am I?”

Instead of smiling and giving you a Vegamite sandwich like those infernal, AC/DC loving Aussies do, he fixes you with a steely gaze and reveals a BRAND NEW PAIR OF K2 TELE/AT SKIS.

Oh My God…!!  Your knees tremble in eager anticipation of shredding Planet Earth. Tears of joy spring from your eyes.

Within one meter, where are you?

Winning format:
Continent:  (your answer here)
Country: (your answer here)
Mountain Range: (your answer here)
Specific Peak: (your answer here)
Exact location: (your answer here… now!)

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Andrew McLean lives in Park City, Utah and is a gear designer, writer, photographer, ski mountaineer, climber, Mountain Unicycle rider and father of two very loud little girls.

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  1. shZo says:

    Clue #1 – Continent: Oceania/Australasia
    Clue #2 – Country: New Zealand
Clue #3 – Mountain Range: Southern Alps
Clue #4 – Peak: Aoraki/Mount Cook
    Clue #5 – Exact location: Stocking Stream Shelter

  2. Brandon French says:

    Clue #1 – Continent: Australasia (Australia/NZ/Oceania)
    Clue #2 – Country: New Zealand
    Clue #3 – Mountain Range: Southern Alps
    Clue #4 – Peak: Mt Cook (Aoraki)
    Clue #5 – tasman saddle hut ski storage area

  3. SWMT says:

    Nice work. Can we do this again every week Andrew. I desperately need new skis too!!

  4. Marcin says:

    Clue #1 – Continent: Australia/Oceania (Australia/NZ)
    Clue #2 – Country: New Zealand
    Clue #3 – Mountain Range: Southern Alps
    Clue #4 – Peak: Aoraki/Mt Cook
    Clue #5 – Exact location: Plateau hut toilet

    Marcin

  5. Ken G says:

    Clue #1 – Continent: Oceania/Australasia
    Clue #2 – Country: New Zealand
Clue #3 – Mountain Range: Southern Alps
Clue #4 – Peak: Aoraki/Mount Cook
    Clue #5 – Exact location: Next to the Snowcat parked by the Hermitage

  6. joshG says:

    Update…i read more carefully and changed my last location.
    Clue #1 – Continent: Australia-New Guinea continent (Oceania)
    Clue #2 – Country: New Zealand
    Clue #3 – Mountain Range: Southern Alps
    Clue #4 – Peak: Mount Cook (Aoraki)
    Clue #5 – Exact location: Tractor on Tasman Glacier

  7. Duncan says:

    Clue #1 – Continent: Oceania
    Clue #2 – Country: New Zealand
    Clue #3 – Mountain Range: Southern Alps
    Clue #4 – Peak: Aoraki/Mt Cook
    Clue #5 – Exact location: Kelman Hut Toilet

  8. Matthew says:

    Clue #1 – Continent: Oceania/Australasia
    Clue #2 – Country: New Zealand
    Clue #3 – Mountain Range: Southern Alps
    Clue #4 – Peak: Aoraki/Mt Cook
    Clue #5 – Exact location: Kelman Hut (2450m)

    I’m sticking with Kelman…

  9. burrows says:

    Nice work ShZo!

  10. Stewart says:

    Clue #1 – Continent: Oceania
    Clue #2 – Country: New Zealand
    Clue #3 – Mountain Range: Southern Alps
    Clue #4 – Peak: Mt Cook
    Clue #5 – Exact location: Leaning by the door to the wardens house next door to Unwin Lodge.

  11. denis says:

    Clue #1 – Continent: Australia/Oceania/Australasia/Zealandia (though technically I don’t think New Zealand is part of any “continent”…
    Clue #2 – Country: New Zealand
    Clue #3 – Mountain Range: Southern Alps
    Clue #4 – Peak: Aoraki/Mount Cook
    Clue #5 – Exact location: info/exhibit structure at end of Tasman Valley road

  12. shZo says:

    I had already guessed again before I noticed that the Hillary statue was the right guess…. And yes, I do love to ski!

  13. SWMT says:

    Nice work. Can we do this again every week Andrew? I desperately need new skis too!!

  14. climbhoser says:

    Clue #1 – Continent: Oceanea
    Clue #2 – Country: New Zealand
    Clue #3 – Mountain Range: Southern Alps
    Clue #4 – Peak: Mt. Cook
    Clue #5 – Exact location: tasman hut outhouse
    hut outhouse

  15. Drinky Crow says:

    Australia
    New Zealand
    Southern Alps
    Mt. Cook
    Godley Hut

  16. Alastair says:

    Of course! The steely gaze…

  17. Congratulations ShZo!

  18. Ed S. Alps says:

    Clue #1 – Continent: Oceania/Australasia
    Clue #2 – Country: New Zealand
    Clue #3 – Mountain Range: Southern Alps
    Clue #4 – Peak: Aoraki/Mt Cook
    Clue #5 – Exact location: Plateau Hut — Steel-plate Cable anchor

    “The huts are anchored to the rock with beefy cables which tie into steel plates which in turn form the frame of the hut.”

  19. Charlie says:

    Excellent, ShZo. :). Many happy and safe turns!

  20. Matt says:

    1. Continent = Australasia, or Oceania
    2. Country = New Zealand
    3. Mountain Range = Southern Alps
    4. Peak = Aoraki – Cook
    5. Specific location = Mt Cook village, 754 meters

  21. Matthew says:

    wow. that was intense! good job ShZo!

  22. martinibart says:

    Photo by randosteve, I believe.

  23. joshG says:

    Nice work Shzo…..good find.

    Thanks for the contest….fun times.

  24. FiveClueAvenger says:

    Nice job ShZo

    I’m bitter

  25. Adam Shilman says:

    Nice Work ShZo!!

    Thanks for a great contest Andrew, it was tons of fun!!!

  26. Ian says:

    Clue #1 – Continent: Australasia
    Clue #2 – Country: New Zealand
    Clue #3 – Mountain Range: Southern Alps
    Clue #4 – Peak: Aoraki/Mt Cook
    Clue #5 – Exact location: Mt. Cook Village DOC office

  27. Matt says:

    awesome contest. How about a runner up prize for guessing the elevation of Mt Cook Village ? haha. Well done, shozo

  28. shZo says:

    Thanks. Randomly grasping at straws after the “educated” guesses ran out – in retrospect, Andrew mentioned Hillary several times in the other clues.

  29. Andrew says:

    Thanks for playing everyone! The details of the final descent from the top of Aoraki can be found by updating the home page of straightchuter.com

    Any contest feedback is more than welcome and I suspect there will be many more contests for skis, boots, bindings, etc..

    ShZo – send me an email at amclean@xmission.com and we can work out the details.

  30. SWMT says:

    Thank you Andrew for giving me a weekly distraction while at work. Looking forward to more contests in the future.

  31. climbhoser says:

    thought it would take maybe 5 min. for this to suss out…I easily just wasted 40 min.! Luckily my manager never saw me pouring ove rmultiple tabs, googling “Geoff Wayatt,” “Aoraki/Mt. Cook,” “Tasman Hut,” etc…

    40 min. spent here is better than 40 min. spent working ;)

    Thanks for the contest, it was awersome! Oh yeah, and I learned a buttload about Mt. Cook.

  32. martinibart says:

    Fun! To win required more than speed so it stayed entertaining for quite awhile. Congrats, shZo!

    And thanks for yesterday’s links to photos, which led to trip reports, and probably inspired many of us to think more about these awesome travels.

  33. Kirk says:

    Wow, got pulled into some BS meeting and missed my chance. Oh well, I’m sure I would’ve been one of the people guessing Tasman Hut after Andrew had already said it was the wrong answer.

    Very Cool, lets do this every week!

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