Sunday, 9 May 2010

Here we go again

Isn't it amazing, the sheer size of Mount Cook? Apparently it stretches more than 20 kilometres, all the way to the head of the Tasman Glacier. Here's the NZ Herald, lost in the hills yesterday:
"Rescuers are hoping to bring a sick climber down from Aoraki/Mt Cook today after bad weather hampered rescue efforts for the past two days. The Australian climber, aged 34, has been trapped at Kelman Hut, at the head of the Tasman Glacier, since Thursday suffering a suspected collapsed lung."
And after the weather cleared, here's today's news;
"A climber who had been trapped on Aoraki/Mt Cook since Thursday was rescued yesterday. The 34-year-old Australian was flown to Mt Cook Village about 9.30am, before being transported to Timaru Hospital."
"Trapped on Mt Cook" actually means "waiting comfortably in a hut 22km from Mt Cook". I'm sure it wasn't pleasant having such a medical condition develop, and I hope he makes a good recovery, but it's not as if he was huddled in a crevasse listening to avalanches whistle past and worrying about frostbite.

Mount Cook and Kelman Hut, 22km apart
I'm sure that if you asked the journalist who wrote this (well, adapted it from a press release), he/she would admit that they didn't really know the area in question. But did they get out a map? Obviously not - why? Because it's not in Auckland, so nobody really cares, I suspect.

1 comment:

Ruahines said...

Kia ora,
Most of the media reporting on wilderness issues is shonky and slanted at best, especially in regards to SAR operations.