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Tohunga Pk

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POINT (170.497169 -43.395194)
BW17 973 923
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Reference Title Grade Length Pro Quality Operations
 North East Ridge, 2 2

  • P1
  • Alpine (Mt Cook) 2

From the Whataroa Glacier sidle steep slopes, best under snow, to a rib off Whataroa Peak, and cross the snow gully beyond. Three rope-lengths on poor rock lead to the col between Tohunga and a sharp subsidiary of Whataroa Peak. A rock outcrop on the summit ridge can be traversed low on the Whataroa side. A reasonable route in suitable snow conditions, but otherwise pretty tricky. This party descended the obvious snow gully directly back to Ice Lake, which they don’t recommend.

 From Hughes Creek, 1 1

  • P1
  • Alpine (Mt Cook) 1

From Nolans Hut in the Perth, access Hughes Creek and follow it up. Travel is reasonably good, but there is a gorge to sidle between the 600- and 700-metre contours and a rougher bouldery section below the forks at 760 metres. Continue south and head up a side creek in open going through scattered scrub from I35 063553 / BW17 964 936. This creek splits into two tiny parallel creeks draining from the peak. Continue south-east up the face to the summit. If traversing between Tohunga and Whataroa Peaks, a short vertical section of difficult rock east of the col between the peaks would probably require a rope.

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