Trip Start Jan 20, 2005
37Trip End Sep 10, 2005
The estimated time to the top is three hours and there is a nice place smack in the middle for a short break. After an hour and a half I arrived in the half mark and nashed a meuseli bar with a carrot (yum , yum ), expecting the next bit to be the really tough part that I was informed of the other night.
The track was steap and I could see why , if the weather was bad, it would be extremely difficult to find the way up. After a steep part , I arrived at a lookout to a huge mountain covered in ice that was cracking and falling down. A glance to the left revealed my hut and another glance and my watch revealed that the track only took three hours and not six. After the nice surprise and relaxing a bit in the sun , I headed for the hut. It is possible to go up and down the mountain in a day but the sunrise and susnset on Mt. Cook were recommended by everyone so the Meuller hut was my accomidation for the night.
The hut had views of the cracking ice on the mountain and of Mt. Cook. Luckily , it was a nice , clear day and everything was visible , not a cloud in the sky. At seven the next morning , after half an hour climbing , I was perfectly situated for the sunrise. At that moment I understood why everyone says that it's worth the climb because Mt. Cook turned a shade of purple and the sun rose over a string of mountains. Could have stayed there for hours but the little voice in my head was saying 'Coffee... Coffee!!!' so I returned to the hut.
Going down was not easy either because of the stairs that were meant to help people go down but actually ruin your knees. Luckily , there was a cute British couple who entertained me the entire way down so all was not lost.