Crossbow Saddle provides a crossing to the Rakaia River and also to Battleaxe Col and routes on The
Climb straightforward rock and snow to the saddle. Battleaxe Col is reached by heading
north-west across snow and ice slopes. To reach the Rakaia River, follow Kirk Stream as far as a small
side creek draining the south side of Prelude Peak. Do not continue down Kirk Stream ; instead, climb
to a small saddle south of Prelude Peak, head east, and follow the spur which leads down from Pt 1753
metres, reaching the Rakaia River at the east end of Lyell Lake.