When shooting from a glider, sharing the sensibility of the pilot is key. As it takes time to gain height in the engine-less plane, each shot comes with compromise. To achieve and maintain your height, to stay airborne, you are relying on up drafts of air and heat, mountains and other geological features, which can all change minute-to-minute, day-to-day. Too much time spent on one shot can lead to losing altitude and ending your session early.
New Zealand’s Mt Cook is the holy grail for gliding on the south island. If the conditions align the surrounding mountains come to life, creating a band of atmospheric wave clouds leading you to the top of New Zealand’s highest peak.