Biophilia

Type: 
Alpine
Description: 
An objectively 'safe' rock route with compact featured slabs. A great way to access the West Ridge and descend. Reached from the top of the Malte Brun Glacier either at the left hand edge (grade 16), or more easily up the right hand ramp (see white lines on photo). Rap stations (pitons and nuts) have been established at roughly 60m length on ascent. The route was first attempted up to pitch 4.5 in mountain boots in 2015, and retreat was due to lack of gear. The first complete ascent was done with rock shoes in optimal climbing conditions, switching to approach shoes at the apex of the West Ridge. BYO rap cord and expect to replace it completely. Route photo taken from summit of Rumdoodle in February 2015 with slightly more snow on the route than on the first complete ascent. Useful GPS waypoints, current in 2020 are: The point to aim for when climbing the moraine wall (this will get you to the old Malte Brun hut site: Lat: -43.54864 Long: 170.28069 NZTM 1380331 5174664 Elevation: 1640m Top of the access gully: Lat: -43.55025 Long:170.28311 Elev: 1828m Bivvy site (there are many others): Lat: -43.55298 Long: 170.28782 Elev: 2036m
Pitch(es): 
#EwbankAlpine (Technical)Alpine (Commitment)Alpine (Mt Cook)AidWater IceMixedBoulder (Hueco)LengthBoltsTrad
1144IV55mYes
 

Head up from obvious start to join weakness. Chimney moves are the crux

21257mYes
 

Follow weakness/ crack then head left to Arete.

31458mYes
 

Continue up arete to large ledge, then follow right trending cracks up to belay ledge.

41358mYes
 

Step up to tiny roof, step right, then follow red rock keeping approx 10m right of grey corner.

51450mYes
 

Continue up 12m then cross left over grey corner onto new red rib. Steep and fun. Best pitch **

61258mNo
 

25m to ledge, ignore existing rap station 10m out left. Plug in .5 cam into grey roof, then step onto red prow.

7685mNo
 

Easy scrambling to apex of West Ridge. Some existing anchors/ bollards in place at approx 25m intervals.

Grade: 
IV 4 14,12,14,13,14,12,6
Quality: 
0
Gone: 
0
Length: 
421m
Bolts: 
0
Natural pro: 
1
Ascent: 
Ruari MacFarlane, Gavin Lang 6th March 2020
Route Image: 
UUID: 
624d308e-d74a-4d64-8eb9-b4458848a163