An ascent of Mt Alaska (1965m) in winter. This walk was an instant favourite when I first did it in summer 2018/2019, and winter added a whole new dimension.
I did this walk for the first time in the summer of 2018/19 and it became an instant favourite. When Sophia and I came back to Queenstown the following winter it was first choice to kick off the holiday, and it did not disappoint. Much of the scenery was unsurprisingly enhanced by snow, although I just went back to see my photos from summer and realised the colours were very nice then, so you can’t lose really.
Accessing the summit presented no particular problems, but still felt like an achievement. If walking in winter then best to take your crampons and ice axe just in case, as there are one or two steep sections that might be a bit tricky depending on the conditions.
I found ascending harder then the descent, not just because it is a hard slog up, but also because I repeated a mistake I made on my first time up the mountain, going around some rocks on a steep slope when it is easier to go over them. The better route is more obvious on the way down.
Click here for more details on the walk from the original blog post published in January 2019, or view on for the winter scenery. As you will see, a substantial cloud inversion added to the great views. Enjoy!