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Keywords:Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, Mount Broderick, Mountains, New Zealand Landscapes, Tasman Glacier
Photo Info

Dimensions7360 x 4912
Original file size22.9 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken14-May-17 05:56
Date modified15-Jun-17 12:03
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D810
Focal length58 mm
Focal length (35mm)58 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure1/50 at f/6.3
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 100
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Mount Broderick

Mount Broderick

In May 2017, I undertook a 4-days expedition to Tasman Glacier in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. This has been a place I wanted to go in for quite a long time. Our trip started by taking a helicopter fly landed near Tasman Saddle Hut. Then we traversed across a large glacier ground and successfully climbed to the 2834 m peak of Hochstetter Dome in the Tasman Glacier head. The next day, after completing my morning photography in Tasman Saddle, we walked to the 2460 m Kelman Hut. Then our following activities in Tasman Glacier used this hut as our base. On the last day of this trip, we tried to climb to the 2699 m peak of Mt Aylmer, but not successful due to the broken dangerous route with many hidden crevasses.

While Tasman Glacier is one of the classic alpine mountaineering play grounds in the Southern Alps, some fatal accidents were reported in this area. For example, an accident happened in 2013 just above Tasman Saddle Hut, which led an experienced climber died.

Click here to see the report.

One cannot see Mount Broderick in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, unless to climb to Tasman Saddle. This is a mountain of height 2041 m and facing east. I was secured by a rope with both Trev and Sandra holding the other side of the rope behind. This position was really tricky - it was on the cliff edge covered by snow where I could just have a huge ice wall on the left into my frame. The sunrise was magnificent, shedding incredible beautiful light over the mountains and glaciers.