Minarets

(5 routes)

The Minarets are two peaks, west (3031m) and east (3040m).

Type: 
Mountain
Altitude: 
3040m
Lat/Lon: 
-43.508569960000, 170.272543600000
NZMS260: 
H35 895 407
Topo50: 
BX16 795 791
Reference Title Grade Length Quality Bolts Gone Natural pro Edit link
Original (Standard) Route III 1+
0
A short snow climb from the plateau between Mt De La Beche and the Minarets. The plateau is reached by the West Ridge of De La Beche, De La Beche Ridge, or the West Face of the Minarets. The technical grade is from the plateau.
Tom Fyfe, Malcolm Ross, February 1897
Ranfurly Glacier III 2
0
From the Tasman Glacier there are a number of variations ascending the glacier. This route is highly dependent on favourable crevasse conditions.
Freda Du Faur, Laurence Earle, Peter Graham, B Spencer, January 1910
North East Ridge IV 2+
1.02
A long climb, usually approached along the Main Divide via Mt Coronet, Mt Meeson, Mt Vic and Mt Gold Smith. The ridge crest can be followed except for one or two places where a traverse on the west is necessary.
Harry Ayres, Mick Bowie, F F Simmons, January 1938
North West Face III 3+
0
From the Geikie Snowfield, traverse around onto one of the feeder arms of the Spencer Glacier and ascend the prominent rock face onto the West Minaret via a series of interconnecting snow ramps that start at the centre of the face (400m of mixed climbing). The ramps steepen towards the top and finish three to four easy rope lengths west of the summit.
Dave Bamford, Jim Strang, March 1979
West Face III 2+
1.02
From north of Graham Saddle ascend the prominent snowslopes to the saddle between De La Beche and the Minarets. There can be large schrunds at any time of year on this face, which involves sustained 40-degree snow slopes. The rock spurs nearer De la Beche have also been used. It's also possible to traverse the steep slopes under De La Beche and above the Rudolph Glacier, arriving high on the De La Beche Ridge.
Hugh Chambers, Jack Clarke, February 1912 (descended)
Attribution: 
Alex Palman