Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Aoraki/Mt Cook Ski Descent Video
I stumbled upon this video of "Legend Bruce Grant one of New Zealand's pioneers of Backcountry skiing and adventure in general completes one of the first ski descents of Mt Cook" when I Googled "ski descent mt cook". I found this video on Bright Cove, its a bit like youtube. I saw the full length movie in the Aoraki DOC visitor center while waiting out the weather. From memory the movie was celebrating 100 years since the first ascent of Aoraki/Mt Cook on Christmas Day 1894 by Tom Fyfe, Jack Clarke and George Graham. Geoff Wayatt was the first person to ski Aoraki/Mt Cook in 1982 via the Lindas.
"The skier who forsakes the lifts to climb under his own power to a mountain summit is a very different person from the downhill only piste basher and is often regarded by the latter as something of a curiosity.
But he was the creator of the sport; and possibly with him lies the future"
-Robin Fedden, The book of Europen Skiing, 1966