Arthur's Pass Region Ascents Logbook

Ascents in Arthur's Pass National Park have not been well documented over the years, and the Park Headquarters has never maintained an ascents log. So there is at least some form of ascents record kept for the park I provide this electronic log here. You are quite welcome to enter any historical ascents you have made in the park as well as recent ascents.

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Date Mountain Route Party
27/11/2018Mt Alexander
Camp Creek RoutePVTJon ColbertA few chamois on the tops.
Snow on the summit was firm enough to kick steps and not sink.
29/09/2018Mt Murchison
White GlacierPVTWayne Robinson, Mike Jennings, Phil Williams2am start from Barker Hut with near perfect firm snow all the way via White Glacier to a gusty summit at sunrise
26/08/2018Mt Temple
Last CrusadePVTOwain and DanSnow OK. Not much gear - recommend knife blades.
24/08/2018Mt Bealey
From Mt Bealey TrackPVTColin Kinnison
Jason Watson
Ski descent back to track. Not enough snow to descend into Rough Ck. Excellent skiing with a good snow pack.
15/07/2018Mt Temple
Gully left of Left Buttress (possibly The Last Crusade)PVTJamie Macalister, Kevin Peng, Camille RoussetDeep powder on easier slopes but firm (although sometimes thin) alpine ice on steeper sections. Overcast day with some warming/melting in the afternoon but all in all, good day out.
21/06/2018Lyell Peak
Avalanche Peak Track - Avalanche & Lyell Peaks - Scott's TrackPawel WawrzosekPawel WawrzosekWent along Avalanche Peak Track to summit, continued to Lyell Peak and back through Scott's Track. Clouds in the morning, cleared fully after 2-3 hours. Snow from bushline, first patchy, soon route fully covered with snow. Met some hikers in snickers, don't attempt without crampons and axe this time of year!
10/03/2018Mt Temple
Temple Col - Mt Temple - Phipp Peak & down west ridge to roadPVTDaryll & Barbara Thomson & Murray CullenSunny day & dry rock
28/01/2018Mt Franklin
Oats/Franklin ridgeJacob DownieRoss liNice and sunny other than a quick thunderstorm while we wear near the summit. A cave provided great shelter as we waited for it to pass. No snow on any of the ridge except a small pocket near Oates.
27/01/2018Mt Oates
South ridge from Edwards hut and Williams saddleJacob DownieRoss liHot conditions. Dirty tarns on the ridge and no other water till lake Mavis. Load up in a creek heading up to the saddle. Wonderful scramble on good rock. Options for descent to lake Mavis. We took a scree couloir between low/high peak to the West face then sidled around to a notch in the West ridge. From here there was a well used scree slope down to the lake.
21/01/2018Cow Peak
New Route on buttress left of "Greet the Sacred Cow"Gibbins-SowmanBen Sowman, Jasmine Gibbins, Latham Gibbins & Ben GibbinsWe climbed a new rock route on Cow Peak at the head of the Anti-Crow River. We climbed the rock buttress left of the already established route "Greet the Sacred Cow". We started at the hoof of the buttress and climbed to a notch where it becomes steeper. From there we traversed left and scrambled to the summit. The route tops out about 50 meters south of the small, unnamed peak between Cow Peak and Gizeh Col. Crux grade about 12 (2+). We named the route "Gibbins-Sowman"
27/12/2017One Shot Hill
Paratu Stream then scree slide into Paratu StreamPVTDaryll & Barbara ThomsonLess scrub bashing than we expected.
02/12/2017Mt Philistine
Philistine Bluffs and eastern slopesPVTMark BuckleySoft snow from about 1600 metres
01/12/2017Mt ByrneFrom Harper Pass & ridge to the south towards Pt 1725 then west over open tops to Mt ByrnePVTDaryll & Barbara ThomsonVery straight forward route except for the alpine scrub up from Harper Pass
14/11/2017Mt Row
Via Cherrywood Creek & then trees on true left of creek to Pt 1655 and then along the ridge to Mt RowDaryll ThomsonBarbara ThomsonCan be difficult to exit from Cherrywood Creek. Best to stay in the trees from the first major fork in Cherrywood Creek
10/11/2017Mt Rolleston - Low Peak
Otira Slide - Ski descentPVTColin Kinison
Jason Watson
Really nice conditions with some sticky newish snow in places. 15cm unreactive slab on the upper slope.

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