Place info

Cassino Pk

(3 routes)

(Southern Grey Virgin).
Cassino, Alamein and Takrouna, were collectively known as the Grey Virgins.
Attempts to climb them were made over many years and they were among the last significant peaks in
the Alps to be climbed. Cassino Peak was originally climbed from the Grey Glacier along the South
Ridge. From the low summit, traverse under rock pinnacles and up the right-hand face to the summit
proper.
John Harrison, Ian Baine, B H (Snow) Williams, L G Osborne, 29 December 1952

  • 2450m

    Altitude

Type: 
Mountain
Altitude: 
2450m

(Southern Grey Virgin).
Cassino, Alamein and Takrouna, were collectively known as the Grey Virgins.
Attempts to climb them were made over many years and they were among the last significant peaks in
the Alps to be climbed. Cassino Peak was originally climbed from the Grey Glacier along the South
Ridge. From the low summit, traverse under rock pinnacles and up the right-hand face to the summit
proper.
John Harrison, Ian Baine, B H (Snow) Williams, L G Osborne, 29 December 1952

NZMS260: 
I35 045 475
Topo50: 
BX16 945 859
Reference Name Grade Quality Length Comments Actions
0
  Climb from the Grey Névé above the icefall to the hanging glacier. Then follow steep snow and rock to the Main Divide onto the low summit. Traverse under rock pinnacles between the summits and up the right hand face to the summit proper.

John Harrison, Ian Baine, B H (Snow) Williams, Dec 1952

2+
0
  From the lower Gino Watkins Glacier access the West Ridge. Up to the 2200-metre contour this ridge has been used as access by climbing parties camping on the Nansen Glacier. From the upper Nansen névé, climb the ridge to the summit.

Laurie Osborne, Bruce Waterhouse, John Harrison, B H (Snow) Williams, Jan 1954

2+
0
  Climbed from the Nansen névé, approaching the peak from the north, mostly up the face. On the first ascent a good snow lead took the party to the Main Divide North Ridge about 150 metres below the summit. Several pitches of mixed climbing led to the top. Descent via a snowface and a couple of snow gullies back to the Nansen.

John Nankervis, Phil Castle, Grant Stotter, Pat Thorn, Dec 1978

Attribution: 
Alex Plaman, Yvonne Cook and Geoff Spearpoint, in association with the Canterbury Mountaineering Club
This place appears in: 
Aoraki Mount Cook: a guide for mountaineers
The Canterbury Westland Alps: a climbing and transalpine guide
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