Mt. Aspiring Guided Climb
Mt Aspiring-(3028 metres) - an icon amongst New Zealand's peaks.
Mt. Aspiring/Tititea:: Hidden from general view and
surrounded by three spectacular glaciers the classical
"horn" of Mt Aspiring dominates the sky-scape
from the Hollyford to the Haast. The Bonar, the Therma
and the Volta glaciers provide limitless mountain
terrain. Most of the snow flows westward, hiding it's
towering, awe-inspiring faces from general view....
Walking access is via the West Matukituki Valley. The valley floor tramping is easy and the views improve from spectacular to awe inspiring at the valley head. Mountain Recreation, School of Mountaineering provides accommodation from it's Shovel Flat base. Two new NZ Alpine Club huts, French Ridge (1465metres-20 persons) and Colin Todd Hut(1725metres-12 persons) provide alpine shelter and a climbing base. Accessing Colin Todd hut requires a crossing of the Bonar Glacier with rope, crampons and ice axe.
A steep, rough track leads to French Ridge Hut( elev. gain 900m - 2 1/2hrs+) The upper valley and access to Colin Todd Hut is a steady and arduous climb. The track deteriorates towards the end of the forest opening up into a bouldered meadow and 1300 metre walls or rock and ice, streaming waterfalls and regular snow avalanches. Rock slabs are climbed towards Hector Col and finally long snow slopes to Bevan Col and a fantastic view of Aspiring
TRAVEL TIMES: Raspberry Flat road-head to Aspiring Hut - 2 hours; to Shovel Flat 3 hours; to Pearl Flat 3 1/2 hrs. Pearl Flat:- To French Ridge Hut-2 1/2hrs+; to Colin Todd Hut-7hrs.French Ridge Hut to Colin Todd Hut - 5 hrs (alpine)
THE CLIMB: A 10 -13hr. climb from Colin Todd hut or a bivouac on the Bonar Glacier. A 16hr day from French Ridge Hut. It involves roped glacier travel to the base of the peak. A choice of routes includes: The 10 pitch, 50deg. snow ramp to the shoulder or the rock Buttress route. From the Shoulder the climb is less steep and follows the NW Ridge to the Summit. The South West Ridge - a serious but classic 14 pitch climb with a spectacular steep 4 pitch finish to the summit. For further details see: mountain essays
Food, transport from Wanaka & hut fees, group and
personal alpine eqt., Nat.Park concession fee and GS Tax.
Additional days are charged at: $595/day. The 2nd person
cost is $1850
BOOKING: Must be confirmed with a 50% deposit on our Registration Form. See Cancellations & Refunds. We will endeavour to allow a window of five/six days availability for the trip.
FITNESS: IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU ARE IN
STRONG PHYSICAL FITNESS WITH A HIGH ENDURANCE CAPACITY TO ENSURE A SATISFYING EXPEDITION.
MOUNTAIN RECREATION, EQT LIST www.mountainrec.co.nz
Equipment is basically designed to enhance our experience and protect us from harsh climates. Too
often people think that the quantity of gear and personal
pleasure are directly proportional. Some have the notion
that equipment buys safety. Safety has more to do with
experience and risk taking. Over-equipping is like siege
climbing and the cutting of "bucket" steps;
boring, laborious and totally detracting from the freedom
of the sport. Select your clothing and equipment
carefully, according to personal experience. We have
listed the essential items based on our experience. Lay your gear out 2
weeks before the trip and consider every item carefully for function and
Aspiring region NZMS 273 1:150000 Mt. Aspiring Guidebook, Al Uren (New Ed.)$30
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