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Southern Splendor
Photo By Joshua Cripps

  • Title: Southern Splendor
  • State/Province/Region:
  • Country: New Zealand
  • Nearest Area: Mt. Cook / Aoraki National Park
  • Nearest Town: Mt. Cook Village
  • Brief Directions: From Mt. Cook Village, take the Sealy Tarns track.
  • Best Season: Autumn
  • 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.
  • Gear: Nikon D7000, Tokina 12-24mm, Lee GND filters, Induro Tripod, Acratech Ballhead
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