North East Ridge

Type: 
Alpine
Reference: 
NE
Pitch(es): 
#EwbankAlpine (Technical)Alpine (Commitment)Alpine (Mt Cook)AidWater IceMixedBoulder (Hueco)LengthBoltsTrad
12+0mNo
 

The original route on Mt Whitcombe was first climbed on what was planned as a bad weather
reconnaissance. To reach the route from Erewhon Col, either climb over Erewhon Peak, staying
more or less on the ridge, or sidle and drop down to the glacier (to about 2000 metres) on the
north-west side of the Erewhon Col–Erewhon Peak ridge. Follow a glacial lead up to the col at
2330 metres between Mt Whitcombe and Erewhon Peak. The first part of the North East Ridge
is a short, exposed, narrow arête, which can be climbed directly or bypassed on rock to the west.
From here, stay on the crest of the ridge to the summit. The climbing is straightforward and the
rock is generally okay. Descend the same way, or via Menace Gap, or over Snow Dome (can be
tricky with no snow coverage).

Grade: 
2+
Quality: 
0
Gone: 
0
Length: 
0m
Bolts: 
0
Natural pro: 
0
Ascent: 
Roger Chester, Alan Willis, Bill Mirams, December 1931
UUID: 
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