Twilight Col is shown in different locations depending on the map edition used. In the 1998 edition
of 260 I35 it is shown at Pt 2094 metres.
of 260 I35 it is shown at Pt 2094 metres. In later editions Twilight Col is shown approximately 500
metres to the south-east at the foot of the north-west buttress of Mt Earle, and this is the point referred
to as Twilight Col in this guide. Both locations can be used to cross the range.
To reach the col at Pt 2094 metres, follow the South Branch of the Forbes River up to the snow
and scree basin directly east of Mt Coates. From about 1900 metres, scramble up a rock rib and then
follow a gully that leads diagonally up to the col. On the west side, descend easy snow slopes or rock
ribs slightly south of Pt 2094 metres onto the Butcher Glacier.
From Pt 2094 metres, Twilight Col (at the foot of the north-west buttress of Mt Earle) is reached
either by following the ridge directly (climbing a couple of bumps en route), or by dropping down
onto the Butcher Glacier to avoid the ridge.
To reach Twilight Col (at the foot of the north-west buttress of Mt Earle) from the South Forbes,
follow up scree then moderate snow slopes and cross the col to the Butcher Glacier. Watch for loose
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