Place info

Mt Pollux

(2 routes)

Pollux is a fine mountain; the vertical relief is reminiscent of the Darran mountains. Top Forks Hut makes a great base, but may mean a long day and bivvying near the base of the mountain may be preferable.

  • 2536m

    Altitude

Type: 
Mountain
Altitude: 
2536m

Pollux is a fine mountain; the vertical relief is reminiscent of the Darran mountains. Top Forks Hut makes a great base, but may mean a long day and bivvying near the base of the mountain may be preferable.

NZMS260: 
F38 805 557
Topo50: 
BZ11 705 940
Reference Name Grade Quality Length Comments Actions
III 2
0
  Climb to Chasm Pass and then cross the Ice King Tops and Donald Glacier to join the Bluffs route to the summit. The route of the first ascent, but rather long and indirect.

E Miller, J S Shanks, G B Thomas, A J Scott, W Young & J Dumbleton, Jan 1934

III 2
0
  This is the preferred route. From Top Forks Hut, take the track up the valley towards Lake Castalia and pick a line through alpine scrub up the ridge you can see from the hut and down from the lake. If time is taken and good route finding adhered to, the worst of the alpine scrub can be avoided. There is a steep gully to be negotiated before the glacier is reached from where the climbing is straightforward to the summit.

C C Benzoni, R R & G L Edwards, L W Divers & D C Peters, March 1937.

Attribution: 
Allen Uren & John Cocks. Photo Rob Frost.
This place appears in: 
100 Peaks
The Mount Aspiring Region: a guide for mountaineers
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