(3 routes)

Sisyphus, although only a scramble in summer conditions, reigns supreme as the viewpoint of the East Matukituki. An incredible view of Mt Aspiring and all the other big peaks is the prize for climbing this peak. There are three main approaches, the best one being by the West Ridge via Wilmot Saddle and Rainbow Stream.

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Via Wilmot Saddle. I 1
This is the recommended route. Follow up Rainbow Stream from Aspiring Flat to where scree and scrub slopes lead up to Wilmot Saddle (1680m). Stay on the true left of Rainbow Stream until the slopes below Wilmot Saddle ease in steepness. From the saddle follow the West Ridge to the summit. Rainbow Valley, like most of the valleys of the area, is subject to avalanche danger in the spring and early summer.
Eric Miller, Howard Boddy, Jim Shanks & Robert Pinney, Dec 1930.
The South Ridge. II 1
From Aspiring Flat climb through bush and scrub from near the Rainbow-Kitchener confluence to gain the South Ridge which may then be followed to the summit. See the route identified on page 82 of Moir’s Guide North to avoid considerable scrub-bashing.
The North East slopes. I 1
From Ruth Flat climb the bush and tussock slopes on the north-east flank of the peak. The slopes directly below Wilmot Saddle are subject to stonefall and should be avoided.
Allen Uren & John Cocks