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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.

Did you get a "Conditions Photograph" that could be posted to this website? Email it to graemek@xtra.co.nz (minimum size = 800 pixels wide, preferred = 2000 pixels+).

If you think you have established a new route please email me at graemek@xtra.co.nz with the details, please include as much route detail as possible (including estimated alpine and/or rock grades), include a marked up photograph if possible.

If you have route corrections from that in the current Guide Book visit the Mountain WIKI page and make your updates there.

PLEASE NOTE: This database is now a "live" fully online version, updates will now show immediately. If you make an error please email me at graemek@xtra.co.nz with the corrections.

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MOST RECENT ASCENTS
Date Mountain Route Party
Name
Party
Members
Notes
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
23/05/2020South ridge slabsLeft hand slabMason/Liam2 people Mason Gardener & Liam PyottLeft hand slab didnt appear to have a route on it from guide book. However once on slab, there were multiple old pitons following a quite obvious line. 3 pitches similar in grade to CFS (14/15), rappeled route using a spike on summit and then a slot half way down route. 2 raps. Nice day out.
06/03/2020Mt Mc Rae
From Worsley Pass to Pt 1725m, then along ridge and across basin to NE ridge then up that to summit.PVTDaryll Thomson , Barbara ThomsonSummer conditions, no snow.
11/02/2020Mt Crossley
From Ant Stream to saddle between peak & pt 1872m then up east rib to summitPVTDaryll Thomson, Murray CullenVery straight forward obvious route. No snow
10/02/2020Mt Turnbull
From Ant Stream, up stream then tussock/rock ribs east of peak to summitPVTDaryll Thomson, Murray CullenStraight forward but care required on steeper middle sections. Loose in places. No snow.
03/01/2020Mt Rolleston
Otira slidePVTDeanGood firm icy snow all the way, softening slightly in the arvo, this made it easier to descend .
24/12/2019Mt Philistine
Standard from foot bridgePVTTroy and KatieSnow on face near summit but ridges are clear.
11/12/2019Mt Philistine
Standard route from the Otira valley foot bridgePVTDaryll Thomson, David Kennedy, Susan ParkesNormal spring conditions with snow softening during the day
07/10/2019Mt Rolleston
Rome RidgePVTEiffelMostly solid firm snow.
Sizes of cornices have been reduced.
Very cloudy and super windy weather today.
Otira Slide descent was shrouded in clouds.
Otira Valley is filled with tons of avo debris from the weekend.
03/10/2019Mt Rolleston
Chockstone RouteEiffel TanEiffel TanUp to 5 cm deep snow on top of firm snow on the Bealey Face. Hard firm snow when topping out on goldney ridge directly above the chockstone Some hollowed out cornices on Goldney Ridge. Pretty safe traverse otherwise. Otira Slide having up to 15 cm of powder snow.
Class .5 avos happening mid day on the otira face. Some head sized rollerballs with a short run out as well
28/07/2019Mt Temple
Carter Gough GullyPVTJ Morris, T de WildeGood firm snow to 1700m with variable snice and unconsolidated rubbish above. Large pinwheels in Downhill Basin with prior warm event
 

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