November 2014: the second time I teamed up with Mark to explore the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Our original plan was to climb Darren Mountains near Milford Sound. But due to a heavy snow storm across the Southern Alps, that area implied a high risk of avalanche.
We then changed our plan to Mount Cook. This time, we first hiked to Ball Hut, very close to Tasman Lake terminal. We stayed one night in the hut. However, an overnight snow fall made our the next day's climb to Ball Ridge quite challenging. During our two nights' camp on the Ball Ridge, we also climbed to the summit of a 1935 m peak near Caroline Hut.
More details about our this mountain trip can be read from my blog
July 2014: I undertook a 17-days trip to New Zealand in July 2014, in which I had a 3-days mountain trip with Mark to the Mt Cook Range. Our originally plan was to traverse to Mt Wakefield. But eventually we changed our plan, and stayed along the ridge of Mt Cook Range for two nights, that enabled us to make images towards both Malte Brun Range and Sealy Range.
January 2014: I participated in Mt Cook Alpine Guides' Mountain Experience Course (MEC) during 12-18 January 2014. This was my first time to be exposed to the Southern Alps of New Zealand. My motivation to have this training course is to establish my personal confidence and necessary knowledge and skills to explore New Zealand Southern Alps for photography in next a few years.
My MEC only consisted three of us: our guide Italian mountaineer Alessandro Beber, 21 years old Tom Witt from South Australian and myself. With such a small group, we had a chance to be trained extensively with important Alpine skills and knowledge.
This gallery contains some photos that I took during our mountain climbs.
More details about my this trip can be found from my blog: http://yanzhangphotography.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/beyond-the-plains/