The summit ridge climb shown in the film was the real thing. What doesn’t show is that the NW ridge wasn’t accessed direct from Colin Todd hut. We put in fixed ropes on the Therma face of Mt Aspiring because the director ‘didn’t want any footprints’ on the ridge. The whole crew dropped off the NW ridge into the Therma, traversed, then went vertically up to the NW ridge.
By Mike Carter. "In the early sixties, as imported teachers from the UK, Di and I were sent on separate courses – hers involved New Plymouth and Science, mine Auckland and Mathematics. As a result she climbed Mount Taranaki and I bore a twinge of jealousy for over fifty years that I hadn’t."