East Face

(6 routes)

This can be climbed in number of ways: either by the Direct Route or For Whom the Bell Tolls, from the Mueller Glacier, or via Sefton Bivvy and across the slopes under the Footstool Ridge, which gives access to the lower and upper Shelf Glacier.

Type: 
Face (Alpine)
Aspect: 
East
Reference Title Grade Length Quality Bolts Gone Natural pro Link to edit content
Direct Route 4+
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Scale scree and bluffs above the Mueller Glacier, to reach the lower Shelf Glacier, beneath and just north of the prominent cliffs of the upper Shelf Glacier. Ascend the lower Shelf Glacier onto a snow face below and to the right of the icecliffs. Use the snow face to reach an arête on the right hand edge of the upper Shelf. At this point the two access routes from Sefton Bivvy join.
Ross Gooder, Murray Jones, John Stanton, January 1971
For Whom The Bell Tolls V 5 14 2000m
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4
A direct 2000m line from the Mueller Glacier moraine to the unnamed peak south of Sefton, deviating around some big crevasses on the upper shelf. The lower shelf was reached by climbing a loose 70º moraine wall. This could be avoided by walking up the lower Shelf Glacier instead.
Peter Dickson, January 1990 freesolo
The Ramp 4+
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On the upper face. Drop onto the upper Shelf and head out on the prominent ramp angling onto the upper South Ridge.
Bryan & Noel Sissons, July 1971
Goldsmith Route
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On the upper face. Up a short couloir onto snowslopes leading onto the South Summit.
Kobi Bosshard, Mike Goldsmith, Fritz Schaumberg, January 1963
Direct 4
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On the upper face. Straight up the couloir dropping beneath the two summits. A number of leaders have experienced falls here!
Peter Gough, George Harris, December 1967
Triple Direct 5
0
Guy McKinnon, 8 Feb 2013
Attribution: 
Alex Palman

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Comments

NB, that pic I uploaded belongs to Cam Mulvey. I just borrowed it to indicate roughly where my solo route goes. The fat ski bunny in the foreground is probably Guy McSkinnin

For Whom The Bell Tolls: the route is marked completely wrong in the guidebook photo. The route does not connect up with any other lines, it is a completely independent climb. It takes a direct 2000m line from the Mueller Glacier moriane to the unnamed peak south of Sefton, deviating around some big crevasses on the upper shelf.

The first part of the climb up to the lower shelf is like a loose 70 degree moraine wall and no fun to climb. It could be avoided by walking up the lower shelf glacier instead.