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Up from Ball Hut

November 17, 2012

Well if you have to continue in Hillary’s steps (I use the word ‘continue’ with considerable license – I was in Nepal earlier in the year, Ed’s second home) then this is the place to come.  He practiced on a regular basis from the Ball Hut and that’s where we got going from today. We lifted 900 metres on a track that is barely discernable as such. And pretty much straight up. The weather stayed clear and it didn’t take long to warm up.  We had waited at the Hermitage for the rain to clear from the Tasman Glacier Valley. Even though it was pouring a slight break in the cloud galvanized our guide. We are good to go and he dragged us away from our coffees. I am not sure how he knew but by the time we had driven around to the mouth of the valley the sun was pouring down even though the rain continued behind us. Read more

In the Footsteps of Edmund Hillary

November 9, 2012

There has to be a better title than that but that pretty much sums it up.  Sir Ed allegedly got the climbing bug when he climbed up to the Mueller Hut located in the Mount Cook National Park – or whatever it was then. So Steve and I thought we would have a crack at doing that as well today. After all, if you have mad notions of climbing Everest why not start where he started? Read more

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