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
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
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
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.

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