|Mt Cook ski descent|
Greymouth West Coast
||28 Oct 2017|
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Dunedin News has emerged of the first ski descent of the precipitous Caroline Face of Aoraki-Mount Cook.
An Italian media outlet reported last night that Enrico Mosetti, 28, and two British colleagues, Ben Briggs and Tom Grant, had achieved the feat.
The face was the last on the mountain to be climbed (1970), and is still scaled only rarely.
Mosetti made his name with a 2015 solo expedition in Peru. Skiing down the treacherous, avalancheswept Caroline Face of Aoraki-Mount Cook has been a goal for some
of the world's most highly-skilled extreme skiers for several years.
Mountaineer Graeme Dingle, who was in the second pair to climb the Caroline in 1970, after four deaths on the route in the 1960s, has said the face would be skied eventually, although it would be extremely dangerous.
"It's right up there.
You make one blue, catch an edge or hit a lump of ice and you're gone and you're not going to recover."
The first ski descent of Aoraki-Mount Cook was by Wanaka climbing guide Geoff Wayatt, in 1982.
- Otago Daily Times
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