Mt Davie

(5 routes)

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

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From Whitehorn Pass 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.
From Cronin Stream 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.
Kilmarnock Spur 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.
Lieutenant G Dennistoun, R N, A P and E Harper, April 1912
South Ridge 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 bergschrunds.
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 summit.
Deryck Morse, B Morse, J Sampson, Geoff Chisholm, W Mechan, 1941
Graham Kates. Yvonne Cook and Geoff Spearpoint, in association with the Canterbury Mountaineering Club