Mt Wakefield has been described as the focal point of
Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park, and it certainly
feels that way when you take in the view from the summit
on a fine day.
A fast descent alternative to the south ridge in dry conditions is a scree slope from 1550m that drops directly to the valley floor. There are a number of glued moraine esque gullies that drop onto it, but the one at 1550m is the most mellow. There is also a large boulder at the top of the ~20m gully that a rope could be looped over to allow a rap onto the scree directly, but this should be executed with care to avoid rockfall, and certainly not during or after rain. See topo for entry point.
|1.13||Ranger Route a.k.a Guideless Buttress||8,3,III||800m|
|1.14||Wakefield Gullies - Various grades|
|1.15||South West Ridge (Guides Route)||2+,II|
|1.16||The Old Man and the Scree||15||120m|
|Bad Obsession (?)||700m|