The climbers’ route of old. Best climbed in a longish day from Blyth Hut, at about 1370m on the bushline just oﬀ the Round-the-Mountain Track. Alternatively, from Turoa skiﬁeld gain the crest of the ridge as soon as possible (say, from the bottom of the High Flier Chairlift). Higher up you can enjoy expansive views out right (east) above the Mangaehuehu Glacier towards Girdlestone. From the top of the skiﬁeld, the summit of Tahurangi looks close. The broad gully directly above the skiﬁeld is an unappealing but strangely popular route; the featureless slope gradually steepens and builds exposure to where a short steep few metres take you on to the last few steps of the Skyline Ridge. On a warm spring day you’ll be trudging up along with many others taking a break from the skiﬁeld.
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First recorded ascent, George Beetham, Joseph Maxwell, February 1879