|Ben and I tried to climb Mt Cook via Plateau hut and the Linda glacier route. We gave up after we couldn't find a route all the way through the massive crevasses--this was before Teichelmann's corner and there were plenty more to come! It was very late in the season (Feb 15th) but a couple of groups had got up 5 days earlier (their tracks kept ending at the edge of crevasses where snowbridges were gone).|
The morning after we tried to climb Mt Dixon but we couldn't get off the plateau and onto the route because of bergschrunds and steep choss.
Ascent and descent by Haast ridge was ok--12 hours up and 9 down. The ridge has some steep choss but is mostly ok. The Tasman morraine wall is easy to climb (300m beyond the end of the ridge) then cut left and cross a chossy cliff to gain the ridge about 300m up.