A number of gullies on both sides of the South West Ridge have been climbed when filled with snow and ice. The first major scree fan in the East Hooker is one of these, known as the Winter Western Gully. The gullies just past the second swing bridge have also been climbed, one by Joe Friend and Colin Monteath in 1972, known as the Gully of a Thin Man. The gully that begins at the large scree downstream of the second swingbridge, on the south side of the South West Ridge, is called Bad Obsession, and the right-hand variant (looking up) to this gully is called Psych Ward. These latter gullies are also used as (bold!) ski lines. They encounter steep terrain at about 1700m, which could be unclimbed, as it’s possible to abort by traversing either right or left. Details about these routes are scarce; it is hoped that more information will eventually be available on climbnz.org.nz.
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