In the last week of March Mike Neely, a fellow NZAC Wellington Section member and I, committed to a trip south, hoping to climb Mitre Peak in Milford Sound if conditions permitted. Our plan B was the Mount Cook region, where it’s still possible to do something east of the Main Divide if the weather on the west, or further south is dodgy. On arrival in Queenstown the forecast for Fiordland was indeed dodgy, but things looked better up around Mount Cook. I’d wanted to do the circuit up the Sebastopol Ridge to access Annette Plateau, climb something up there and then return via Mount Kitchener and Mueller Hut for some time. So this is what we decided to do, hopefully including a climb of Mount Sealy while camped up on the Plateau.

For a route map and more images

Peter Laurenson is a member of the Wellington section of the New Zealand Alpine Club.

His website has a lots of resources for outdoor photographers, as well as a bespoke mountain calendar, which goes on sale in spring each year.