We flew out of Mt Cook airport about 10am on a winter’s day that was fine but threatening to deteriorate with an incoming norwester. Fortunately the expected deterioration did not occur and the weather improved to a sunny and relatively calm day. Having each been fitted out with a harness and avalanche locator beacon for safety requirements, we were looking forward to two ski runs on the Tasman Glacier, being relocated by the plane after the first run. Click on any image to enlarge.
The orange Tasman Saddle Hut is on the skyline just left of centre. The dark lines within the seracs are little bits of Australia, a mix of dust and ash, blown across by summer norwesters.
Moulins are part of the glacier’s internal ‘plumbing’ system. They carry melt water down to wherever it may go. This moulin would have formed several years ago higher up the glacier, and has then been relocated by the glacier, which moves at a rate of about a metre per day.