He Was Six Foot Four And Full Of Muscle
MTM and I saw a Hooker together. He was waaaaay taller than six foot four, but he was full of muscle.
And wind. Over three swinging bridges, I leaned into the gale. A struggle to stay upright. The Hooker Valley hike in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is a scramble through glacial moraine and capricious weather. We made it to Hooker Lake before it started to rain. Sideways. At the base of a glacier that carved out the side of Aoraki.
Aoraki must’ve been moody.
According to Maori legend, Aoraki explored the South Seas in a canoe, his two brothers in tow. Somehow, they were stranded, frozen in rock and ice to form New Zealand’s Southern Alps.
Aoraki survived as New Zealand’s tallest peak. He hid his manhood from us, behind a scrim of clouds.
We settled for a peek.
To see pictures of our Hooker Valley Aoraki Mount Cook National Park hike, click here: Andra Watkins Tumblr
Over 200 people have died trying to climb Aoraki. Would you risk your life to climb a mountain?