NZ's second highest summit.

H36 804 341
BX15 704 725
Reference Name Grade Quality Length Comments Actions
  Climb to the Main Divide via Clarke Saddle, Graham Spur, or Silberhorn. Then ascend the final steep ice arête; a classically beautiful ice climb.

Jack Clarke, Edward FitzGerald, Mattias Zurbriggen, Feb 1895. Harry Keys, Noel & Bryan Sissons, Ian Jowett, Keith McIvor, Keith Thompson, Aug 1971 (also Silberhorn).

  Up directly to the col between Silberhorn and Mt Tasman.

Kobi Bosshard, Fritz Schaumburg, Jan 1962.

  Up slopes under the summit of Mt Tasman parallel to Syme Ridge, finishing either directly to the summit or onto the North Shoulder.

Hans Leitner, Eberhard von Terzi, Jan 1960. (John Pascoe, Duncan Hall and David Hall descended the majority of the face from under the summit in December 1938).

  Access onto the ridge is either up the slopes under the East Face (the ‘Mad Mile’), up a broad gully on the toe of the ridge, or from the north-east side of the ridge (a rock section on the ridge has been crumbling away for some years but seems to be stable now). Then follow a narrow winding arête, which gradually broadens, to gain the North Shoulder of Mt Tasman. From here follow the Main Divide, which narrows before rising to the summit.

Dan Bryant, Rod Syme, 1930. Bill McLeod, 1983.

  This route starts from Engineer Col and is best gained from Lendenfeld Peak (From Marcel Col). The col can be accessed directly from the Heemskirk Glacier but is sometimes cut off or threatened by icecliffs/avalanches off Tasman. Above Engineer Col, the route usually follows steeper ice gullies to where Syme Ridge joins the North Shoulder. Although the section above the col has changed markedly over the last 15 years it still provides a relatively straightforward route onto the shoulder. The broad North Shoulder eventually narrows into an exhilarating ridge, which leads to the summit. Also used as a descent route.

Marcel Kurz, Harold Porter, Jan 1927 (Descended).

  A classic climb. Remoteness, lack of escape routes, and the need usually to traverse Torres Peak make this a long route. Above the Torres-Tasman Col use the rock ribs on the Balfour Glacier side and then follow the narrow arête upward. The arête gradually broadens out towards the summit of Tasman.

Les Cleveland, Neil Hamilton, John Lange, Jan 1951. (Descended during the first Tasman-Torres Traverse).

Alex Palman Photo by Clayton Garbes
This place appears in: 
100 Peaks
Aoraki Mount Cook: a guide for mountaineers


Face East Face (2 routes)
Face Heemskirk Face (3 routes)
Face Abel Janszoon Face (9 routes)
Face Hidden Face (5 routes)
Face Balfour Face (7 routes)
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