Phipps Pk can be climbed by following the Main Divide from Arthur's Pass, but it is usual to gain the ridge from Temple Basin by the col west of the summit (and just east of Pt 1728). The gendarme on the ridge below the summit is turned on the Westland side up a small gully. This can be difficult in new snow conditions. Face climbs are also available on impressive, tall slabs on the Temple Basin side, or via steep snow slopes and rock gullies on the southern flank.
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G E Mannering, A M Ollivier, W D Wood, F H Polhill, December 1896