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.
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.