Crow Face

(5 routes)

The Crow Face rises from the East Crow Glacier to the Low Peak of Mt Rolleston. Most of the routes on the face utilise narrow couloirs, aretes and shelves, and conditions on each vary greatly depending on the season. During winter cornices form on the Rome Ridge over the East Crow, with loose snow avalanches causing some concern.

Face (Alpine)
Reference Title Grade Length Quality Bolts Gone Natural pro Link to edit content
1 Left Rib 2 320m
Can have a difficult start due to bergschrunds and lack of snow ramps. Move left up the ramp to a large gully (sometimes snow filled), then gain the rocky arete joining the South West Ridge of the Low Peak.
Central-left 3-
Sustained neve ice up to join central direct 100m from the top
John Harris, July 2015.
2 Central Direct 2 400m
Commences in the same place as Left Rib route, with all the same difficulties. Follow the obvious gully most of the way to the summit; a split near the top allows two different finishes. Rockfall can be a hazard, as is rotten rock top and bottom
3 Right Couloir 2 250m
A large bergschrund may cause a desperate move at the bottom on a somewhat smooth slab. Venture up the rib into gully that turns to a narrow steep couloir at the top. Follow Rome Ridge to its summit. Some avalanche danger!
4 Right Gully 2 320m
The line is in an obvious runnel with a difficult slab start (dependent on the height of the snow ramp). There can be loose rock in the top half of gully; snow or ice fill certainly assists. Join Rome Ridge to the summit.
Graham Kates

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