In 1906, Freda du Faur sailed from Sydney to Christchurch with her father to visit the New Zealand International Exhibition. When she caught sight of the Southern Alps she was smitten. “My chief desire as I gazed at the snow covered peaks was to reach the snow and bury my hands in its wonderful whiteness, and dig and dig till my snow starved Australian soul was satisfied.” Freda du Faur wrote these words in her book, ‘The Conquest of Mt. Cook and Other Climbs’, a publication regarded as a valuable and important title in the library of mountaineering literature. read more