A small avalanche rumbled across the valley as I picked my way down the increasingly slippery slabs above Black lake. Just 500 vertical metres below, the huge granite walls capped by snow and ice, give way to the calm of the valley. I had been 'weather-blocked' - again. Which is fine. Barrier Knob will there next week, or the week after, or whenever a weather window opens long enough to 'let me in'. I'm learning to appreciate there is no such thing as bad weather, just weather. If you want to ramble amongst a range that receives an average of seven metres of rainfall per year (seriously), this kind of attitude is a prerequisite.
The Mt Cook Lillys are in full bloom
There was a brief glimpse of blue sky
But the clouds soon closed in
Black lake is still partly frozen and filled with dirty avalanche debris