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Backyard Cricket at 10,000ft

Backyard Cricket at 10,000ft

With the release of our new Southern Alps Down Jacket we had to ensure it stood its ground and ticked all the boxes that one expects from a 100% recycled down-filled jacket. 

In setting out to do just that, we brought in a few kiwi icons and teamed up with the Mt Cook Ski Plane & Heli family to test the product how any true local would; with a game of backyard cricket 10,000ft above sea level atop the Southern Alps Ranges themselves.

The crew loaded up the only ski-plane in New Zealand and headed for the mountains, cruising by the Franz-Josef and Fox glaciers before sliding to a halt on what some would say is the best landing strip on planet earth.

Eight of us rolled out of the cabin and were immediately left with our chins on the untouched snow. After taking in the sheer size of the Southern Alps and its untouched beauty our pilot Dan - who was a real chip off the old block - gave us the full lay of the land. We then ran around like headless chooks trying to make out the boundary lines and creases for the cricket stumps.

We were alone atop one of the most picturesque mountains enjoying the majesty of our surroundings. Just the eight of us scattered around a makeshift sports field, wrapped up in our 100% recycled Southern Alps Down Jackets. The jackets were designed with any situation in mind; a diving one-handed catch in the slips or a quick sprint between wickets for a cheeky single. We wanted to see how they held up - it’s safe to say our design team was very happy with the results.

Now there's no way we were going to leave the slopes without toasting a truly epic experience and again in true ilabb fashion, we popped the lids on a few pilsners and saluted what mother nature had given us.

We can’t thank the Inflite team enough for letting us run free above the clouds and for showing us a little piece of Aotearoa.

For more information on the Mt. Cook Ski Planes check out their website and ask for the ilabb package  you won’t be disappointed!


Mt Cook Ski Planes & Helis