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
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
30/06/2019Mt Alexander
Low peak from Camp CreekBenJust meIcy snow from around 1500m. Left the car park at 11am and made it to the low peak in 1 hour 50 min running. Crazy how much more ground you can cover without a pack!
18/06/2019Mt Rolleston - Low Peak
Crow FacePVTKeeley RhyndSolid conditions centre left of Face. Ice flow and leads on the right haven’t touched down yet. Descent down Rome ridge which is firm on the crest with pockets of shallow wind blown under a thin crust on the northern side.
05/05/2019Mt O'Malley
Via 1844 on Mt Aicken TrackPVTJon ColbertMinimal snow cover, and only in southerly aspects.
13/04/2019Mt Barron
Via Mt Barron trackPVTRobert, Thomas, Tim, Vincent 
06/04/2019Mt Binser
Via binser saddleRobert, Geoff, Thomas3Straight forward trip, follow the doc track past the saddle until you reach the creek to your right, followed up the creek for about 500m, then gained the ridge on the right following a deer trail. From there route finding is straight forward. Small cornices have formed at the ridge, about 20cms of snow from the treeline, knee deep in the ridge
25/01/2019Mt Temple
Central ButtressPVTKaren Jackson, Jason Watson5 pitches of fun. Have backed up the rap anchor on the tower with new cord.
16/01/2019Mt Scarface
Up bush opposite Worsley Biv -> around to the eastern basins above Minchin Stream -> to South ridge about 500m south of peak -> 500m west side of south ridge to summit. Descended same route.PVTDaryll Thomson
Stuart Columbus
Typical summer conditions of the area in perfect weather.
Bush is thick in places but does provide good, energetic access to the open tops.
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!
11/03/2018Mt Bealey
From Rough Creek, Bealey, Lyell, Avalanche circuitPVTMark BuckleyRock scramble

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