Top ten Photos of 2015 #2 Tasman Glacier

The Hand of Time
The Hand of Time

This image inspires me to ponder more than any other. I stumbled across this mummified hand midway along the Tasman Glacier and immediately thought, someone out there knows this person. This hand belonged to a young climber who was avalanched near Tasman Saddle hut more than 41 years earlier, and never recovered. He was buried under enough snow and debris to be encapsulated until his body was transported to a lower altitude to be revealed to me, almost 10 km from where he perished.

It still makes me wonder about the 19 year old climber, his life cut short and the darker side to mountaineering.

 

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