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Mt Awful

(9 routes)

If cute was an acceptable word to use to describe a mountain then Mt Awful would be just that. It is a readily accessible peak with good rock as a bonus.

  • 2192m

    Altitude

Type: 
Mountain
Altitude: 
2192m

If cute was an acceptable word to use to describe a mountain then Mt Awful would be just that. It is a readily accessible peak with good rock as a bonus.

Access: 

Mt Awful can be approached via the Wilkin Valley and then up Siberia, or up the Young Valley from Makarora. The Young Valley is probably the best option. There is potential to find a good bivvy spot at the head of the valley, above Young Hut. Makarora to Young Hut: 8–9 hours.

NZMS260: 
F38 951 666
Topo50: 
BZ12 851 049
Reference Name Grade Quality Length Comments Actions
II 1+
0
  From the Siberia Valley climb to the saddle between Doris and Awful, then along the ridge.

J W Aitken, J Gillespie, E Miller, F Wilkinson, December 1944

1
II 2+
1.02
  From Young Hut there is a well marked tramping route up onto Gillespie Pass. From here the ridge to Mt Awful is scrambling. There are a couple of rock steps which look steeper than they are before the actual ridge is reached. The climbing on the ridge isn’t technically difficult. After a snowfield is climbed there is a section of good solid rock along a knife-edged ridge, which is the trickiest part of the climb and may require a rope and a small rock rack.
14
2.01
Natural gear required
  5 pitches

Mark Morrison, Regan Low, 2001

Attribution: 
Allen Uren & John Cocks. Photo Shaun Barnett.
This place appears in: 
The Mount Aspiring Region: a guide for mountaineers

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