Mt Evans

(8 routes)

Mt Evans stands dominant at the head of the Wanganui, Waitaha, and Whitcombe valleys, while the Bracken Snowfield to the south-east, at or above 2000 metres altitude, looks into the Wanganui, Rakaia and Whitcombe valleys.

-43.185653930000, 170.925645220000
J34 414 781
BW18 314 165
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EF East Face 3+ 350m
Reach the Shelf Glacier via a narrow gully direct from the Bracken between 2100 and 2200 metres. The East Face is quite a feature despite its relatively small dimensions. Climb the rib (obvious from other peaks in the region but less so from below) generally on or near the crest to the low peak at 2609 metres. The first ascent gave sustained and tenuous climbing in deep snow, with occasional ice strands through rock bands. Descent was by the big gully in the middle of the face (which may be the quickest and most direct route up the mountain, snow conditions allowing). In summer this gully is subject to rock fall. Other lines on the face remain to be climbed
Guy McKinnon July 2006
WR West Ridge 2+
Gain Red Lion Col and then cross shingle and find a line through the bluffs in gullies on the County side. Above, long easier snow slopes lead up the ridge. The ridge then narrows, offering an exposed scramble on snow or very loose rock to the summit. This summit ridge (called the Southern Cornice in past accounts) can be tricky under snow, with significant cornices.
John Pascoe, Gavin Malcolmson, Priestley Thomson (descended), 1 January 1934
ER East Ridge, ‘The Golden Road’ 3
This route offers a direct approach from the Bracken Snowfield, though the rock is quite poor in places. A snow arête gives way to a narrow ridge of loose rock and pinnacles, another snow arête and then some gendarmes. A variation, keeping to snow on the south side before the crux, has also been used. The section from the East Ridge up steep, loose rock flanks to the West Ridge is normally the crux.
L Wooles, I Cardwell, 28 December 1940
NER North East Ridge 3
A classic route. Reach the Shelf Glacier from the Bracken as described in East Face. Alternatively, from the Wilkinson Valley, climb the lower section of the ridge keeping to the McKenzie Glacier side. There are five rock steps and gendarmes, mainly on firm rock, and where the climbing becomes too severe alternatives usually exist on the McKenzie Glacier side. The final rock section leads to the junction with the North West Ridge and a traverse over the north summit to reach the high peak.
David Elphick, Mike White, Barry Smith, Jim Wilson, 26 December 1955
NF North Face 3
A variation climbs up the North Face, reaching the North East Ridge high up. ‘Good rock climbing in places on the North Face. Very loose rock to the summit and off.’
Tim Percival, Dean Arthur, March 1994
OR Original Route 3-
From the upper McKenzie Glacier, climb rock slabs, snow slopes and couloirs on the North Face to join the North West Ridge at about 2400 metres.
John Pascoe, Gavin Malcolmson, Priestley Thomson, 1 January 1934
NWR North West Ridge 3
Access to MacKenzie Col is best from the Wilkinson side, earlier in the season. On the County side the couloir is narrow and more subject to rock fall. Begin up steep and fairly rotten rock, passing a prominent finger of rock on the McKenzie side and a rock tower on the County side. Three rock steps are more challenging, particularly the second one. Less than 100 metres from the junction with the North East Ridge, the ridge steepens and the first ascent party was forced to bypass this up a snow gully to the climber’s right. Loose rock leads to the high peak (or sidle well down on steep snow to avoid cornices).
Jim Wilson, Tony Evans ( full North West Ridge), 10 November 1958
CF County Face 3-
From the upper County névé, negotiate big schrunds to access the main gully at about J34 411783 / BW18 311 167. Generally the route follows up the middle of the face with a mix of loose and reasonable rock, snow patches and a long snow couloir between two rock ribs. Loose rock to the right completes the climb, reaching the summit ridge about 30 metres left of the high peak. Not excessively difficult climbing but sustained and moderately exposed. The route has variable greywacke, best approached when there is still snow in the gullies.
Ian Wilkins, Geoff Spearpoint, 9 February 1975
Yvonne Cook and Geoff Spearpoint, in association with the Canterbury Mountaineering Club