Sheerdown Pk

(4 routes)

The sheer walls of Sheerdown Peak can seem daunting when seen from the Milford highway, but climbers are rewarded with spectacular views across to Tutoko and west to Milford Sound and the Tasman Sea.

Type: 
Mountain
Altitude: 
1878m
Access: 

The North West, South and East ridges are accessed via the east face which drops down toward the Milford highway. Cross the river at The Chasm bridge and head for the base of the cleft that separates the slabs from the bush on the left. Head up and right towards waterfalls that drop from the apex of the shoulder of Sheerdown and the South East Ridge. Cut back left at two-thirds height through steep scrub to large tussock slopes.

Lat/Lon: 
-44.699854310000, 167.938693010000
NZMS260: 
D40 091 997
Topo50: 
CB08 990 379
Reference Title Grade Length Quality Bolts Gone Natural pro Edit link
North West Ridge
1.02
Up to the south shoulder and across snowfields on the south-west side of the peak to the North West Ridge, which is followed to the summit.
Wynne Croll, Forester Davidson, Jack Ede, Ralph Miller, Bill Gordon, 1954
South Ridge
0
From the south shoulder climb the buttress on the south peak directly then continue to the summit.
Paul Corwin, Jill Kelman, Brian Fish, Judy Terpstra, March 1977
East Ridge
0
From the south shoulder traverse below the south peak to the East Ridge. An exposed route.
Calum Hudson, January 1982
Repeater Route
0
"More of a hairy tramping route." Cross the Cleddau River behind the Milford Lodge and climb through bush to the top of Airport Wall. Continue straight up through monkey scrub and on to tussock, past the Repeater Station to Pt 1723. Head along the ridge and join the North West Ridge.
Bruce Dowrick, Al, Dave, 6 March 2010
Attribution: 
Craig Jefferies