Story: Mountaineering

Carrying planks for a hut

Carrying planks for a hut

Although tents and bivouacs gave some protection, the severe alpine climate called for mountain huts. The first in the Aoraki/Mt Cook region was built in 1891. These climbers are carrying planks up the Haast Ridge from the Tasman Glacier, probably in 1915 for the building of the King Memorial Hut.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, M. E. Emmet Collection
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John Wilson, 'Mountaineering - Guided climbing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 April 2024)

Story by John Wilson, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Feb 2017