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
24/07/2021Mt Rolleston
Rome RidgePVTLiam DangerfieldTo Low Peak. Good cramponing up to the first buttress variable and soft after. The gap had a mix of firm and soft snow, ridge above was variable. Descended the slide on soft but stable snow. Great day out.
Aicken - Blimit traversePVTDave HeganDid Aicken-blimit-cassidy traverse. Was good fun although the soft/powdery snow made for a a tricky section between aicken and blimit.Took 9 hours to do the traverse in total.
07/04/2021Mt Rolleston
Otira Face - Left flankPVTDave HeganBlue sky, little to no wind: perfect conditions. A nice variation from the usual route up OCD. Rock a bit more fractured and loose compared to the orthodox route
24/03/2021Mt Williams
Gunbarrel ScreePVTDave HeganFound a good line of bedrock going up the climbers left of Gunbarrel Scree which made the going pretty straight forward, Then followed the rotten ridge to the summit of Williams before down-climbed via The Spike. Some careful climbing needed on the weetbix rock
14/03/2021Mt Oates
West FacePVTDave HeganQuite a fun but short route. Didn't take look to reach the summit, perhaps just over half and hour from the base of the face. Perfect weather.
27/02/2021Mt Philistine
Warnocks BluffPVTBen P & Jon CPleasant day out, with clag on the tops. No snow on route.
21/02/2021Mt WilsonSouth East Ridge of WilsomPVTDave HeganGreat trip up sudden valley and up the SE Ridge of MT Wilson to the summit then across to Scott before dropping back down into SV and walking out, very rotten rock on SE ridge-line kept things exciting
20/02/2021Avalanche Peak
Scott\'s trackPVTFive Party membersPerfect conditions on Scott's Track saw Wade the kea
The climb was hot and tiring but we Made up and down before the sun went from Arthur's Pass village
06/02/2021Mt Gizeh
North-east FacePVTDave HeganPerfect conditions for climbing. Originally was going to climb Sunglasses route on Damfool but ended up heading up a nice route on the NE face of Mt Gizeh instead. Face consisted of very shattered rock interspersed with some sections of nice rock for climbing. Descending via Echo col required some delicate climbing on very steep and loose rock: Ice Axe and crampons needed on Echo col.
Aicken - Blimit traversePVTOwain Scullion, Tom Garden, Mary DeRoyA fun ridge walk on surprisingly good rock. Rope wasn’t required. But recommend taking one if you/member in your party are not confident in scrambly/exposed terrain. Last section to Blimit was a fun scramble to end on.
12/01/2021Carrington Peak
Main Divide RoutePVTDave HeganDid a variation of the main divide route by heading up to the ridge line by climbing up through the buttress between and below the 2005 and 1994 points on the ridge. Snow was as to be expected for this time of the year, Clear skies for all of the day apart from cloud from the west surrounding the summit just after I reached it and then clearing an hour or so later
15/12/2020Mt Franklin
West RidgePVTDave HeganMurky low cloud around Goat Pass/Upper deception cleared just as I got reached Good Luck creek at midday, the remainder of the climb was done in perfect conditions and under a clear blue sky.

West ridge was a fun route. The first 2/3 of the ridge was straight forward but as the ridge neared the last part it narrowed and became more interesting: some exposed sections and 3 notable gendarmes which I bypassed using ramps and gullies on the south side of the ridge.

Came down via the South Ridge and spent the night in Good Luck Creek's hanging valley. Great trip.
06/12/2020Avalanche Peak to Bealey traverse
From Avalanche PeakPVTRob Frost, Bia Boucinhas, Josie, Julie, Mark, Emiliastraight forward overnight tramp avoiding the ridge. Snow patches totally avoidable. Graupel and snow from storm melted first thing in the morning. Some of the Avalanche Peak track is now pretty close to wash out, with some signs of a new track being stomped.
16/08/2020Mt Rolleston
Crow Face - Central leftPVTPiotr Novak, Lee Burbury, George Gerardlittle ice. firm snow. Thin but excellent climbing
17/07/2020Low PeakDescent via Otira SlidePVTGlen Case, Sam Leary, Peter Kirkwood, Tom HawkinsSoft snow up to second buttress. Firm conditions beyond with pockets of deep stuff on S-E aspects. Traverse beyond gap firm and climb to ridge good firm conditions. Variable on ridge (mixed isothermic slush and hard icy sections). Slide softening up by midday. Not a lot of snow about at head of Otira-Goldney

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