We drove the next morning to the base of Mt cook which is a monster of a beast standing at 12k ft high. We decided that might be a bit much, so instead we decided on the 4K foot climb. In the guidebook it said our hike was "an unpaved track that will give you beautiful views. And there are some stairs". What it didn't really say is, you will climb up 1k feet by all stairs and then enjoy a scramble that will take it all out of you for 2 hours and THEN you will traverse through snow. So it looked like this:
By the time we got to the top I had been through every range of emotion and was so happy to get my well deserved snack of canned tuna and banana and peanut butter. It might as well have been a steak dinner.
Basically, it was a completely challenging experience that I am so glad we did. I'm more than glad, I'm really proud of us for finishing it in just over 7 hours. Then we went back to our home and made a giant pasta dinner by a lake. I will let you know when we can walk again.