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From De la Beche Hut descend the moraine wall and head up the Rudolf Glacier for three kilometres until a major icefall is reached. Climb the snowslope to the right of the icefall to gain a rock rib (beware rockfall). Climb easily up the rock rib heading out left before the top and traverse round snowslopes just above the icefall. Then head up a long easy-angled snowfield to the Saddle. An alternative but more difficult route lies up the De la Beche ridge behind the hut, avoiding the lower Rudolf Glacier and rock rib. On the West Coast side, head down the Franz Josef Névé and turn south-west under the North West Ridge of Mt Rudolf, to head for Centennial Hut, situated on a rock buttress below Mt Jervois. Alternatively, if Almer Hut is the destination, continue down the Franz, passing the Mackay Rocks on the right. Later in the season crevasses may prove troublesome. Follow snowslopes to Almer Hut.
From the Tasman Glacier
First gained by George Graham and Tom Fyfe in 1894 en route to De la Beche. A year later Mattias Zurbriggen, Arthur Harper and Edward FitzGerald crossed it in March. Named by Fyfe after Graham.