First Ascent of Aoraki

On 25 December 1894 three young New Zealand men were the first to stand on the highest peak of New Zealand, the summit of Aorangi/Mt Cook. The three friends, George Graham, Tom Fyfe and John (Jack) Clarke, were all self-taught climbers in an era when mountaineering was only just developing in New Zealand. The first ascent of Aorangi/Mt Cook is still regarded as a major achievement today. Remarkably, their route was not repeated until the one hundredth ascent of the mountain in 1955.

From the collection of Canterbury Museum

Part of the Cantage Heritage Week exhibition, 2010

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