Sunday 27th November 2005
9.12.05 23 °C
Another bright and sunny day today and perfect for walking. Hoping at first to get an early start I didn’t actually get going till 11am mainly due to not getting much sleep, mainly thanks to a man in the bunk bed beneath me waking me up every half hour as he would make the bed shake like there was an earthquake every time he moved. I chose to walk over to Hooker Lake today which would give me the closest view possible of Mount Cook without actually getting on the mountain itself and seeings as im not an experienced mountaineer that wasn’t possible. The walk there was amazing and took me over 2 swingbridges before coming to the end of the track by the lake where I sat for awhile and tried to take in the amazing scenery. I then got talking to an elderly Kiwi couple who only live a short distance from here and I tried to imagine how nice it would be to have the opportunity to visit this place whenever the chance was available. They also told me about how in 1991 a substantial piece of Mount Cook’s east face around 14 million cubic metres fell away in a massive landslide and also that there son had climbed it on 3 occasions. Also seeings as they had done most of the walks in the area I asked if they could recommend a walk worth doing and they told me a walk up to Mueller Hut is definitely worth the visit and it goes up to a height of 1922 metres, and from Mount Cook Village it would mean you would gain a height of 1162 metres. So that would be my plan for tomorrow and I thanked them as they went on their way back along the track.
By then time I got back to the hostel myself it was around 4pm and the rest of the day was spent relaxing and sorting my bag out for the walk tomorrow.
Climbers Memorial with the tip of Mt Cook just in view on the right
Giant daisys with Mt Cook in the distance
Mt Cook from Hooker Valley
Sir Edmund Hilary Statue looking towards Mt Cook