By Joshua Cripps

Southern Splendor

Equipment Info
NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D7000
State/Province/Region
OT
Country
NZ
Nearest Area
Mt. Cook / Aoraki National Park
Town
Mt. Cook Village
Brief Directions

From Mt. Cook Village, take the Sealy Tarns track.

Description

The trail description didn’t make it sound bad at all: “Track starts out gently then ascends steeply to the Sealy Tarns.” A pretty unassuming description. Glib, even. But I learned my lesson the hard way: in New Zealand, when a trail guide says steep, it means steep. In truth it was a staircase from hell. To take my mind off my aching lungs and shaking legs I tried to count the number of individual stairs in the climb but I lost track somewhere in the two thousands. When I finally reached the top and saw this magnificent view at sunset, that endless trudge seemed like a small price to pay to witness the splendor of the Southern Alps.

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Date Taken
19/07/2012

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