"Camp One nestled on the brink of the icefall, and it was with heartfelt relief that
I panted up the last wall of ice and saw the huddled collection of tents. It was like
making it past the breakers when a huge swell is running. Now all I had to do was to
get back alive!"
(Tim Macartney-Snape ---- on the Khumbu Icefall)
Mount Roy - Not quite Everest, but still a most rewarding 1 day climb, easily accessible from the Township at
Lake Wanaka, New Zealand.
It is listed as a 3 to 4 hour climb of 1250 meters, rising from
near the lake edge to the summit at 1578m ASL,
The views from the summit are spectacular, showing the lake glistening far below, and
mountain ranges in every direction and particularly towards the west where Mount Aspiring
stands tall at 3100 meters, midst a string of high peaks which form the main divide of the Southern Alps
Sir Edmund Hillary climbed it with his family in the mid 60's during
his summer holidays in this area. I climbed it 15 times in all weather conditions,
for a total height gain of more than 3 times the height of Everest.
(that beats Hillary's meager effort) This photo shows Craig on top on a perfect
winter day. We had just climbed it in under 2 hours.