Managing to recruit Kenji for another hut mission, we headed off in the early hours of the morning to Mount Cook National Park to attempt to do a Mueller Hut to Barron Saddle Hut loop.
The track to Mueller Hut is very well maintained and even has a mixture of well constructed timber and concrete steps – so up all 2000 of them we ascended to snow line and from there skinning and cramponing our way up to the ridge line.
Unfortunately, when we finally gained the ridge on the way to Mueller Hut and got to scope out our intended path to the Barron Saddle hut, the crux point, which is a narrow snow-ledge between sheer rock face above and below did not look enticing to Kenji who flat out shook his head and said no. So, three days and two nights exploring Mueller Hut and surrounds was the go.
Beautiful sunny and warm weather meant that we could follow the sun and gain great spring skiing. We managed to ski a bit of everything from mellow glaciers to steeper chutes and all with great views all around.
Mount Sefton in particular was sending us rapturous applause each day with an almost continuous stream of thunderous icefalls of it’s steep overhanging glaciers.
A great three days was had by both Kenji and myself and we were pretty chuffed to have hiked more than 4000 vertical meters over the trip (the tally in the map below is wrong – google earth reports: 4,360meters). As we had intended to do a long loop between huts I left my DSLR in the car and had to rely on my iPhone only.
#Edited some weeks later:- I took a great oblique photo that shows the Mueller area very well.
The rest of the trip photos are in the gallery below: