The Garden of Allah & Garden of Eden Ice Plateaus, Main Divide

This is the best ski mountaineering terrain in New Zealand. Or at least I think so. The Garden of Allah and Garden of Eden are two ice plateaus, each more than 10km long, lying parallel to each other. The Garden of Allah is to the north and the Garden of Eden to the south. They…

First Creek, Gamack Range. Mt Cook National Park

We rocked up to Mt Cook village with a plan in mind. But the weather does not always cooperate. A brief southerly front had brought snow to the mountains, just not where we expected. A quick back-up plan was formulated, and we flew in to First Creek. This turned out to be a fine back…