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Mt Cook Grading System

19 Oct

New Zealand An alpine grading system adapted from the grades used in the Aoraki/Mt Cook Region is widely used in New Zealand for alpine routes in the North and South islands. Grades currently go from 1–7. The grading system is open ended; harder climbs are possible. Factors which determine grade are (in descending order of […]

Climbing the Classic SW Ridge of Mt Aspiring

05 Dec
Mt Aspiring glows pink in the early morning sun.  South Face 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 […]

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