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From Homer Saddle there is an easy route to Macpherson up the ridge, over a rock step known as Talbot's Ladder. The rock step is not exactly a garden path, many parties have opted for a rope over this section. In Winter, the Ladder is a fine excursion for a short day, with a grade of II 2. The descent of the ridge in Winter may well require an abseil or two. Note that the metal stakes on the ridge don't always follow the most natural descent line, nor are they always easy to locate.
William Grave, Arthur Talbot, Jan 1910.
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Four pitches. Descend from the East Ridge to a snowfield on the north side and climb a rib to the summit.
Geoff Gabites, Mark Gabites, 1980.
Often climbed as part of a traverse from Homer Saddle to Gertrude Saddle.
McPherson Cirque, below, has good winter routes.
The east facing cliffs to the left of Macpherson Cirque which finish below Talbot’s Ladder have a number of long gullies which form up occasionally to give quality winter climbing. They also have the advantage of quick easy access and a safe descent down Talbot’s Ladder to Homer Saddle.
Macpherson was named ‘Snowball’ by Grave and Talbot on the original ascent. On a fine day the summit provides panoramic 360 degree views of the mountains of Fiordland.