Story: Mountaineering

First attempt on Aoraki/Mt Cook

First attempt on Aoraki/Mt Cook

This engraving appeared in the London Graphic, under the title, ‘The first ascent of Mount Cook, New Zealand 1882’. In fact the three climbers – William Green, an Irish minister; and two Swiss, Emil Boss and Ulrich Kaufmann – did not reach the top of the mountain, but turned back 60 metres from the summit. But their achievement was widely represented as the conquest of the mountain.

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John Wilson, 'Mountaineering - Aoraki/Mt Cook', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/10482/first-attempt-on-aorakimt-cook (accessed 20 March 2019)

Story by John Wilson, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 2 Feb 2017