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A ‘GT’ involves traversing Low, Middle and High Peaks (or vice versa) of Aoraki/Mt Cook. The section from Low Peak to Porter Col involves some rock, whereas the rest of the traverse is ice (and this can be hard, especially in winter). The ridge line from Low to High Peak is New Zealand’s highest and most exposed mile providing the most spectacular and famous traverse in the Southern Alps. In its day it was regarded as one of the most impressive achievements in world mountaineering.
Aoraki Mount Cook Grand Traverse
Freda Du Faur, Peter Graham, Darby Thomson, January 1913
Bob Cunninghame, Keith ‘Limbo’ Thompson, August 1972