Mater Dei

Type: 
Alpine
Reference: 
Red line
Pitch(es): 
#EwbankAlpine (Technical)Alpine (Commitment)Alpine (Mt Cook)AidWater IceMixedBoulder (Hueco)LengthBoltsTrad
1201000mYes
 

shares with their other route, Maid Marian (21, 1000m). They freed a previously aided (A1), grade 20 pitch through a small chimney and tunnel, which led to a large terrace between the south faces of Marian Pk and Barrier Pk. Ben and Daniel quickly traversed left under avalanche-prone snow patches, along the edge of the terrace to access an easier line off to the left. The next 15 pitches started off with 250 metres of easy (grades 14-16) simultaneous climbing, followed by six pitches of steeper (grades 17-20) terrain, which were the crux of the route. Ben and Daniel then cruised up the last, easy 100 metres to the ridgeline, which Daniel explained wound up ‘just down and left of the true summit.’

Grade: 
20
Quality: 
0
Gone: 
0
Length: 
1000m
Bolts: 
0
Natural pro: 
1
Attribution: 
http://climber.co.nz/news/mater-dei by Polly Camber. http://alpineteam.co.nz/2014/new-route-south-face-marian has a really detailed description of the first ascent.
Ascent: 
Daniel Joll, Ben Dare, Feb 2014
Route Image: 
UUID: 
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