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Hochstetter Dome

(4 routes)

Southern Alps Ka Tiritiri O Te Moana.

  • 2837m



Southern Alps Ka Tiritiri O Te Moana.

I35 957 416
BX16 857 800
Reference Name Grade Quality Length Comments Actions
  The south-east and north-west ridges are easily climbed. The shoulder on the south-east ridge above Lendenfeld Saddle is a regular ski run.

Dr and Anna von Lendenfeld, H Dew, Mar 1884.

  The small buttress on the south face of Hochstetter Dome visible from Tasman Saddle Hut has also been climbed.

First ascent party unknown

One or more images in route detail.
  North Face Grade 4, 1400m A fantastic setting, a bit of spice, and a distinctly Himalayan feel. Objective hazard due to icecliffs and the aspect of the face was mimimised on the first ascent by climbing the lower part in the evening and then finishing the route the next day after a bivvy. From the Whymper Glacier tend right across a slabby rock face to a gully. Climb this to a shoulder then left back to the central snowfield and straight up a gully to the headwall (crux). Head left again under the headwall before going straight up when the terrain allows, to finish in the col between the two summits of the Dome. Descent to the Tasman Glacier is straightforward.

Guy McKinnon September 2006

  An appropriate first short tour is to Hochstetter Dome. From either hut climb to Aylmer Saddle (between the peaks of Hochstetter and Aylmer) and carry skis along the ridge to Hochstetter’s High Peak (2827m). Alternatively ascend on skis by traversing under the high peak and approaching the Low Peak (2810m) from the west. A good long ski descent is from Low Peak via the broad western shoulder towards Lendenfeld saddle and then south-west towards the floor of the Tasman Glacier. 4-6 hours return to the hut.
Alex Palman, Yvonne Cook and Geoff Spearpoint, in association with the Canterbury Mountaineering Club
This place appears in: 
100 Peaks
Aoraki Mount Cook: a guide for mountaineers
The Canterbury Westland Alps: a climbing and transalpine guide
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