Mt Christina

(11 routes)

North West
-44.792980180000, 168.048374750000
D41 184 899
CB09 083 281
Reference Title Grade Length Quality Bolts Gone Natural pro Link to edit content
2 Original Route
Start up Cirque Creek, ascending a steep tussock and scrub fan to below a large vertical bluff. Trend right on a long traverse crossing two sculptured watercourses. From here it gets a little tricky; ascend steep tussock directly up until a small terrace leads right to a large snow basin (avoid the temptation to head directly up as the terrain steepens dramatically) then continue traversing right into the centre of the face. Follow easy slopes to the ridge north of the summit.
Bob Sinclair, Ken Roberts, Harry Slater, George Moir, Bill Grave, 1926
4 Skyline Buttress
The buttress is approached by sidling down from high on the Original Route.
Austin Brookes, Roger McCurdy, Bev Noble, Rod McLeod, 1974
5 The European Connection 20
wire representing trad
Seven pitches. A ridge and face route on the skyline as seen from Homer Hut, on the rock spur west of the South West Ridge of Christina. There is an easier variant missing the grade 20 pitch: stick to the main chimney crack instead of traversing right.
Greg Aimer, Dave Brash, Jurgren Besswenger, January 1990
South West Face
Climb the south side of a prominent gut above Lyttle's Flat and continue up scree and snow slopes to the col just north of the summit.
Bill Gordon, Ralph Miller, Dal Ryan, 1957.
8 South West Ridge
From the col northeast of the South Pk, climb a snow gully to join the South West Ridge on the right. The first ascent began by climbing the South West Ridge of the South Peak.
Dave Vass, December 1989
9 South Ridge
Climb up the shingle to a waterfall which drops out of a prominent west-facing gut, easily climbed on the north side. Early season avalanche danger from the hanging glacier can be avoided by crossing to slabs on the true right. A steep band is crossed in the central section and the rock deteriorates towards the summit.
Murray Jones, Harold Jacobs, Mar 1966.
East Ridge
Above Camera Flat cross the river and climb a large fan, going round to the right and up a gully, then across a small spur. Descend to a second gully, moving diagonally right into the big gully which is followed to snowfields and the East Ridge. Drop onto the Marian Face below Pt 1983 and back to the ridge beyond.
Ron Dickie, Harold Jacobs, 29 February 1964
1 McLeod Route
On first reaching Lake Marian head up directly to the Marian Bluffs. Climb a short scrubby wall right of a small gut, gaining the terraces above. Continue up the grassy slopes and ribs, tending left at the top to avoid rock walls. The travel on these bluffs is made easy by plentiful stout snowgrass. The snow slopes above give simple access to the East Ridge, which is gained well above the East Peak for a straightforward approach to the summit.
Bill McLeod, 1980
Brookes Simpson
Up the bluffs and snow directly above Lake Marian to the upper Marian Ridge.
Austin Brookes, Archie Simpson, 1965
3 Gordon Hall-Jones Miller
From the top of the highest snowgrass slope beyond the lake, climb up and sidle left around a waterfall basin to a gendarme at the foot of the summit snow-slopes. The first ascent party made the first traverse of Mt Christina.
Bill Gordon, Gerry Hall-Jones, Ralph Miller, 22 January 1955
Complete East Ridge 3
Cross the Lake Marian Track Bridge off the Hollyford Road and go directly through the forest to the base of the ridge. Follow a vegetated weekness left (south) under obvious cliff, then back right, then left again to reach the bush line (about 4 hrs). Then follow the ridge for about 9km to all summits. The black cliff with slabby base that protects the final part of the E ridge to the true summit has yet to be climbed and has been bypassed by all known parties to the north. There is a good bivy platform on the west side of the ridge about 200m N of the summit.
Craig Jefferies, Steve Skelton, Kyle Walter 6 Feb 2021
Craig Jefferies