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Thread: Anyone here climbed Cook?

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    Anyone here climbed Cook?

    Hey guys/girls,
    I have always wanted to get to highest point of nz so I figure at 25 there is no better time than now for me.
    Any chance any of you have or are lining up to do it in the next climbing season?
    Any advice will be greatly appreciated!
    And yes I am good with heights and fitness shouldn’t be a issue.

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    It's definitely on my list. Probably not this season though. I want to climb unguided, most likely via the Zurbriggens Ridge rather than Linda Glacier. Have done a bit of general mountain and rock climbing including a week long skills course. Also done a reasonable amount of ice climbing. Want to hone my skills first and definitely need to improve my fitness which has slipped recently...

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    Yeah, I whipped up there last Tuesday. Cool view. Shot some Tahr and did handstands down backwards for fun. Next time I'll pack my wingsuit.

    but seriously, @The Claws post of him ice climbing gives me the shits enough let alone going up a frigid mountain of death. That bothers me enough to never consider it.
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    Whats not to like about hanging on a v thread and ice screw 120m off the floor?

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    Awesome pitch of ice

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    I went to climb it back in '94 but it was out of condition, so climbed Malte Brun and Aguillie Rouge instead. You'll need a bit more than a head for heights and fitnes to climb it, unless you pay a guide to take you up the Linda.
    If you are really keen the Technical Mountaineering course run by Alpine Guides at Mt Cook would be a good place to start, otherwise look up you local section of the NZ Alpine Club.
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    Ive climbed upon my cook....does that count???

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    Sure does MD, and the more often you do it the better you'll get......you'll do it with your eyes closed in no time
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    Quote Originally Posted by Micky Duck View Post
    Ive climbed upon my cook....does that count???
    i wish i could say the same but the wife doesnt do the cooking. i dont trust her not to sneak veges into my food
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    I did a solo there (think idiot) 15yrs back, and nearly DID die, that mountain takes no prisoners, the conditions change soo fast. Just look at how many have died just beyond the car-park ! Snowed-in for 9 days, and there was NO indicator that it was coming, other than that I saw the storm winding its way through the peaks BELOW me.... I surfed gravel-slides and literally ran where I could, I believe I hold the Descent-record. Dont do it without professionals...just my 2c-worth..
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    Not my cup a tea but a couple of guys from work have climbed it, one of them has done Everest as well.
    Shut up, get out & start pushing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stug View Post
    I went to climb it back in '94 but it was out of condition, so climbed Malte Brun and Aguillie Rouge instead. You'll need a bit more than a head for heights and fitnes to climb it, unless you pay a guide to take you up the Linda.
    If you are really keen the Technical Mountaineering course run by Alpine Guides at Mt Cook would be a good place to start, otherwise look up you local section of the NZ Alpine Club.
    That's a couple of impressive ticks there stug!! Would love to climb those one day

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    That is one serious climb without guides, I've never considered it, attempted Aspiring twice and Ernslaw once but never summited either

    The weather changes so quickly and you need a 3-5 day window unless you are super fit.......

    DO NOT underestimate any mountain never mind that widow maker.........
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    +1 on it being a serious climb and not something to underestimate. I have a few mates who have done it, I've never been serious/committed/fit enough and stuck to smaller easier peaks instead.

    If you haven't done much mountaineering before then start small and work your way up to bigger scales gradually.
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    I climbed it back in 2003 or so, was a real bucket list thing for me and now that I cant climb any more im even more glad i did when I was able to
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