Mountaineering

Louise Yeaman - Summit of Mt Aspiring

Louise Yeaman on the summit of Mt Aspiring

The Southern Alps of New Zealand offer countless opportunities for ascents, many above 3,000 metres.  From technical ice and snow routes, alpine rock adventures and gentle snow slopes the southern alps have something for everyone.

Some of the more popular ascents above 3,000 metres are:

  • Aoraki Mt Cook (3,724 metres)
  • Mt Tasman (3,497 metres)
  • Mt Aspiring Tititea (3,078 metres)
  • Mt Lendenfeld (3,194 metres)
  • Malte Brun (3,198 metres)

Mount Cook National Park offers…..  The West Coast region of the Southern Alps is accessed via the Fox or Franz Josef glaciers and offers a host of great peaks including Lendenfeld, xxxx,xxx ,  .  Aspiriing National Park..

Mal works for Alpine Guides with trips starting from their base at Aoraki Mt Cook or from his base in Wanaka. For more information get in contact with Mal or check out the full range of options on the Alpine Guides website.

 

Stories from Mal’s recent guiding ascents…..

Summer Guiding NZ / Antarctica and Nepal 2017 – Back in NZ … Briefly!

Summer Guiding NZ / Antarctica and Nepal 2017 – Back in NZ … Briefly!

With NZ currently in the grip of a strong disturbed westerly flow its feeling good to be re-gathering after returning from Nepal and the Cholatse Expedition rather than rushing back into the mountains to work.

The Mighty Mt Dixon (Instead of Aoraki)

The Mighty Mt Dixon (Instead of Aoraki)

In mid Dec – during the height of the Christmas weather, Trent came back to visit Mt cook for the 3rd time.  Wx once again was not on Trent’s side for a summit attempt.  SW – SE flows had put down at least 1.5 feet of snow over a 48 hour period and with poor […]

Ascents, Snow and more snow

Ascents, Snow and more snow

For the last 6 days I’ve been hanging out with John Holdsworth up at the head of the Tasman Glacier in Mt Cook National Park.  John is a visiting Brit with a great sense of humor which “occasionally” turns into sarcasm and dry wit – basically a pretty fun chap to hang out with for […]

Climbing the Classic SW Ridge of Mt Aspiring

Climbing the Classic SW Ridge of Mt Aspiring

The SW Ridge – Mt Aspiring The SW ridge is a classic snaking feature that leads directly to the summit of Mt Aspiring (3033m).  The route follows the line between the West Face and the steep South Face and is clearly visible from areas around Wanaka.  The crux of the route is just below the […]

Getting Weathered – Late season trip into Mt Aspiring

Getting Weathered – Late season trip into Mt Aspiring

Things don’t always go to plan …..  I met up with Craig at the Adventure Consultant office in Wanaka.  He’s fresh off the plane from Sydney and keen to get out into the the hills for a skills update and to try to sneak in an ascent of Mt Aspiring.  The only problem we have […]

Aoraki Mt Cook January 2013

Aoraki Mt Cook January 2013

A fairly intense weather system had just rolled through and there was a significant amount of snow on Aoraki.  At times we were concerned that the avalanche hazard might be too high and that the almost knee deep snow would slow us down too much but in the end we managed a 18 Hour Day […]

The Nun’s Veil – Early Season 2012 / 2013

The Nun’s Veil – Early Season 2012 / 2013

After being chased around by bad weather for the best part of 5 days, Domanic and I managed to get a sneaky flight into the Nun’s Veil.  We were able to make a quick ascent and then dropped down to the head of Gorrilla Stream before walking out the next day. A pretty good trip […]

Aoraki / Mt Cook

Aoraki / Mt Cook

Aoraki – Mt Cook Height : 3756m Average Climbing Time : 17 hours from Plateau Hut Crux : The Summit Rocks  Allow 6 days for variable weather. Summer Guiding NZ / Antarctica and Nepal 2017 – Back in NZ … Briefly!With NZ currently in the grip of a strong disturbed westerly flow its feeling good […]

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