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Matihao (Cathedral Rocks)

Type
Altitude
2663m
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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.

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POINT (175.572896 -39.27372656)
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BJ34 219 497
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Places

Type Name
Face South Face

Routes

Reference Title Grade Length Pro Quality Operations
 From Summit Plateau, 1,I 1,I 50m
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  • P1
  • Alpine (Technical) 1
  • Alpine (Commitment) I
  • 50m

From the Summit Plateau the three outcrops of Matihao are easy climbs – the southern two being short, steep clambers.


South Face South FaceAccidental Pleasure, WI3 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.


  • P1
  • Water Ice WI3

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