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|From Classen Saddle||
From Classen Saddle or near to, traverse north-west over the upper slopes of the Classen Glacier to arrive on Whataroa Saddle. The saddle was first gained by Otto Frind and Conrad Kain in 1914 but not used as a crossing until 1953.
A seasonal route increasingly affected by crevasses on both sides. On the western side, the descent is
long and steep. Has been used in early spring recently, but the route relies on good snow conditions.
Apperley’s party crossed the saddle to Westland in the 1930s but returned.
Ed Cotter, Ed Hillary, George Lowe, Earl Riddiford, January 1951 and M T Monteith, Keith Wood,
Wally Romanes, Ian Baine, December 1951 (both east to west)