Battleaxe Col provides a crossing from McCoy Stream to the Rakaia River and is a useful access point
to the southern aspects of The Warrior from Sinclair Stream.
The lower reaches of Billy McCoy Stream
are steeply gorged but may be passable in low water or with a high sidle (see above), and in good conditions
Hecuba Glacier is a feasible route to Battleaxe Col, but it can get cut off in its lower reaches. In
summer the final climb to the col is up steep rock. From Battleaxe Col, Crossbow Saddle is reached by
heading south-east across straightforward snow and ice slopes. To reach the Rakaia River follow the
steep Kirk Glacier and follow Kirk Stream as far as a small side creek draining the south side of Prelude
Peak. Climb to a small saddle south of Prelude Peak, head east, and follow the spur that leads down
from Pt 1753 metres reaching the Rakaia River at the east end of Lyell Lake.