Sunday Photo – The Caroline Face

| September 21, 2008

It is one thing to read about the Caroline Face on the east side of Mt. Cook, but nothing beats standing at its base and trying to pick out a ski line down it.

The stunning Caroline Face on Aoraki (Mt. Cook), New Zealand
The stunning Caroline Face on Aoraki (Mt. Cook), New Zealand

In 2006, I took a trip down to this region of New Zealand with Chris Figenshau and Steve Romeo from Jackson Hole, and once there we met up with Kiwi local, Grant Guise (in Kiwispeak, Grant is pronounced “Grunt”). After a few days of skiing, it became obvious why New Zealand produces so many good alpinists and ski mountaineers – the conditions and mountains are burly!  Between howling winds, storms and sheets of ice, we didn’t get much done, but it is one of those areas where just being there is oftentimes enough as it is such magnificent scenery.

The tip of the Tasman Glacier can just be seen at the bottom of the photo, which leads up to the precariously placed Tasman Saddle Hut and then the Kelman hut beyond that, which is a popular starting point for alpine climbs and ski descents.  For more information on backcountry huts in New Zealand, check out the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DoC) website here.

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Category: Sunday Photo

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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. intercostal says:

    wow what a mountain

  2. Ruth Mueller says:

    I remember when the Caroline Face was first climbed.

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