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Long-Distance Walks with Mark Moxon

Mt Cook: Day 2: Mueller Hut

Ben leaning into the wind outside the Mueller Hut
Ben leaning into the wind outside the beautifully placed Mueller Hut

Sunday arrived to clear skies and savage winds. The heavy snowfalls on the mountains were most noticeable on Sefton and the Sealys, but Ben and I were determined; we were going to climb the 1006m (3300 ft) from the campsite to the Mueller Hut, right on top of the Sealy ridge. We packed our backpacks – well, I did, as Ben wanted to travel light, and only took a daypack of clothes and a bit of food – and we set off on the track to the Sealy Tarns, a pleasant set of lakes about halfway up the mountainside and well below the snowline.

Mueller Glacier from the peak of Mt Ollivier
Mueller Glacier from the peak of Mt Ollivier