Story: Mountaineering

John Glasgow and Peter Gough

John Glasgow and Peter Gough

The Caroline Face of Aoraki/Mt Cook was the last unclimbed face of the mountain. The route was 2,000 metres high and had claimed four lives in the 1960s. The first pair to succeed and return safely were two young long-haired mountaineers, John Glasgow (left) and Peter Gough, who climbed it in November 1970. Their achievement was greeted with the headline, ‘A victory for the hippies’.

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John Wilson, 'Mountaineering - Climbing faces', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

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