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
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.
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.
30/10/2016Phipps Peak
Phipps-Temple TraversePVTConnor Young, Chris HillGood freeze made for solid cramponing up the South Face of Phipps, with some soft snow in wind loaded areas. Plenty of snow left on ridge to Temple making for some interesting mixed down climbing. Another great day in Arthur's Pass
23/10/2016Mt Murchison
White Glacier to North RidgePVTConnor Young, Roi Gapuzan, Ben GibbinsBeautiful clear skies and a good overnight freeze. Excellent cramponing conditions, but deteriorated fast once the sun was out. Can't ask for better weather, conditions, or company.
15/10/2016Mt Rolleston - High Peak
Philistine-Rolleston TraversePVTConnor Young, Roi GapuzanHeavy snows the day prior made this a little more interesting. Hard work postholing through all the new snow, and glad to be off solar aspects by midday when the sun was hitting everything. The slopes got quite active. Fun day out!
03/09/2016Mt Rolleston - High Peak
Philistine-Rolleston TraversePVTHamish Cumming, Caroline BellamyA smorgasbord of snow conditions, lots of postholing. Firm at the top of the slide but knee-thigh deep towards the bottom. A thoroughly enjoyable outing.
30/08/2016The Pyramid
South East RidgePVTJon ColbertA good bush bash, followed by a slog through knee to thigh deep snow. The slab was about 5-10cm deep. Overall a nice day out.
03/07/2016Mt Franklin
South Ridge via Good Luck CreekPVTAlex McCormack, Ben GibbinsGood camp site in Good Luck Creek. No snow until 1700m but then good snow. Lake Anna was frozen. We pitched onto the south ridge. Once on the ridge it was straight forward travel.

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