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Mt Davie

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Mt Davie was first climbed by the Arthur’s Pass regulars Fred Kitchingham, Charles Ward and Arthur Talbot in 1912.

POINT (171.39332771 -42.96590716)
BV20 690 417
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Reference Title Grade Length Pro Quality Operations
 From Whitehorn Pass, 2 2

Ascend the easy snow slopes northeast of the pass, then take the very loose
rock couloir leading to the Low Peak (2182m), or continue up the snow slopes
to join the North Ridge. It is a relatively easy traverse to the summit,
though cornices and a couple of steep gendarmes may slow progress.

  • P1
  • Alpine (Technical) 2

 From Cronin Stream, 2 2

From mid-way down Cronin Stream, ascend the long spur that appears to lead to
the Low Peak (2182m), however drop south onto the screes and snow slopes at
the first opportunity. Follow this snow tongue to the saddle between High and
Low Peaks. Mt Davie is easily gained from here.

  • P1
  • Alpine (Technical) 2

 Kilmarnock Spur, 2 2

From the White River, follow the stream issuing from the Kilmarnock Falls a
short distance, then climb to the spur separating the Kilmarnock basin from
the White Valley. The spur is followed to the summit, or an ascent can be
made from the basin direct to the peak.

  • P1
  • Alpine (Technical) 2

 South Ridge, 3 3

Sidle around to the lower Cahill Glacier from Barker Hut. Avoid descending
onto the lower rock slabs, instead using snow/scree ramps to reach the small
buttress on the true right, descending onto the Cahill Glacier icefall ramp
behind it (safer with ice/snow cover). Watch for stone fall from the bluffs
on the southwest. Ascend the head of the glacier to a col, using available
snow or ice ramps on the true left. These connect to the craggy South Ridge
of Mt Davie. In early summer this route can be cut by a series of huge

  • P1
  • Alpine (Technical) 3

 From Cronin Stream

From the upper Wilberforce River, follow Cronin Stream (see Whitehorn Pass).
Take the couloir above the pass to the north ridge and follow this to the

  • P1

Graham Kates.
Yvonne Cook and Geoff Spearpoint,
in association with the Canterbury Mountaineering Club