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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).

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.

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
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.
29/10/2017Mt Stewart
North Face from Crow RiverPVTSarah Hamilton, Fraser Monteith & Lorraine JohnsBest not to rely on the guidebook information. About 85m from the stream draining from the basins below Guinevere, walk 200 vertical metres up to a bluff. Do not go to the climber's right as the guidebook suggests you can. It is doable but you will probably not want to go back down this way (and you may not enjoy going up it either). Go to the climber's left; however, do not take the route drawn in the guidebook (going most of the way up the scree gut), this would only lead to tears. At the 1240m contour there is a narrow wooded spur (just before you get to this thin spur, there is a wide scree gully with bluffs, and before this gully it is mainly trees. Go up this spur ... it's easy and it leads to easy ground. Also do not expect to climb the north-east ridge ... it is best to drop onto the north face and climb up to the east ridge just before it reaches the summit. A nice day out.
28/10/2017Mt Lancelot
Crow Couloir RoutePVTSarah Hamilton, Fraser Monteith & Lorraine JohnsThis is a nice route that is not mentioned in the guidebook. Essentially aim for the north ridge, and a few hundred metres down from the summit you will see a big snow slope (climber's left) leading toward the summit ridge (you can't miss it). A nice 1+ in good snow conditions ... very firm snow would be closer to a 2 with the slope being a uniform steepness. In summer this route might potentially be cut off ... in late spring we noticed two bridged crevasses. We were told the north ridge was also fine in snow (contrary to the information in the guidebook) but the couloir was in great condition so we went up and down it.
04/08/2017Avalanche Peak
Rome ridge to Avalanche peakStuart WhiteElliot MarshallQuality Mountain Day!

Coral track onto Rome ridge, then traversed along ridge to avalanche peak before descending Scott's track.

Blue bird day, minimal wind, with shin deep snow. Crampons from bushline to bushline.
19/07/2017Avalanche Peak
Rome ridge to Avalanche Peak ridge traverseAndy Muirhead-SmithAlex BewickCoral track > Rome ridge > 1825m > ridge traverse to Avalanche Peak > Scotts track

Atmospheric weather
Knee to thigh deep crust, bit of a slog but fantastic views intermittently
Observed large slab avalanche on north side of Rome ridge
23/06/2017Mt Alexander
Camp Creek RouteYTBBen Williams and Hamish CoatsSpent one night in the camp creek hut then headed for the summit early the next morning. Once off of the ridge, we took the scree slope on the southwest side of the main peak. We walked horizontally along it until we found a crack we could shoot up to the top. Made it to the summit around 10:00am spent around 30 minutes at the top and made it back down to the road around 4:00pm after some lunch back at the hut.
21/04/2017Mt Armstrong
From Waimak colPVTClaire healing, Jono Calder , zane snookSnow v hard, primo day out
25/02/2017Mt Temple
Central ButtressPVTRoi Gapuzan & Ben GibbinsPleasant day out climbing. Six long pitches with the last two just scrambling. Six hours twenty minutes to the summit of Mt Temple
20/02/2017Mt Rolleston - Otira Face (High Peak)
Central DirectPVTRyan Leong, Mike LundinAccess gully still had large balanced block of snow to get around and under. Tricky nav on decent in whiteout, hit a few dead ends so ended up abseiling onto east crow gl from a notch below low peak and rolling this around onto the ridge that links avalanche peak and rome ridge. Straight forward from there.
10/01/2017Mt Rolleston - High Peak
Otira Slide via low peakPVTAnna Brooke & Bob MillerHard snow on Otira Slide in morning and across top of Crow Glacier. Softened on top layer on way down. Bergschrund easy to navigate between middle and high peak. Quite a bit of exposed rotten rock in sections.
11/12/2016Blimit
From temple basin ski fieldYTBBen Williams and Kyle McAutherWas planning on climbing Temple but decided snow was too hard for us. Ended up walking along the razor ridge above downhill ski run and Mt Blimit itself, very dangerous would not recommend it! Descended the normal route back to the Temple Basin buildings/huts.
30/11/2016Phipps Peak
Phipps Peak W ridge from Temple basin - Temple traversePVTNic Hamilton/Marc DufresneHard snow up the couloir from Temple basin. Mostly dry up the W ridge. Lots of snow on the connecting ridge between Phipps and Phipps-Temple col. Easy going up temple. Softening significantly on the E side of ridge circa 8-9 am.
 

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