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)
Mal works from his base in Wanaka. For more information get in contact with Mal.
Stories from Mal’s recent guiding ascents…..
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]