Matihao (Cathedral Rocks)

(15 routes)

Hardly looking like peaks at all from the Summit Plateau, Matihao can lay a solid claim to having the best ice routes on Ruapehu on its South Face.

Type: 
Mountain
Altitude: 
2663m
Lat/Lon: 
-39.273726560000, 175.572896000000
NZMS260: 
T20 320 114
Topo50: 
BJ34 219 497
Reference Title Grade Length Quality Bolts Gone Natural pro Link to edit content
From Summit Plateau 50m
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From the Summit Plateau the three outcrops of Matihao are easy climbs – the southern two being short, steep clambers.
South Face Accidental Pleasure WI3
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Start as for Lahar View, then head left. After first step follow left hand chimney and corner until you reach as small ledge/pinnacle then follow left trending ice bulges unto upper slopes. After easy grade runout surmount last step and follow easy grade slopes to belay at the top. We did it in three pitches. Possibly climbed before, but a great outing and worth a mention/ description.
Adam Power, Dion Fabbro 2020

Places

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Face (Alpine) South Face (13 routes)
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