Mt Franklin

(5 routes)

Highest mountain in Nelson Lakes National Park. First climbed by a Tararua Tramping Club party led by Bill Bridge in February 1947.

-42.051746740000, 172.687167540000
M30 841 061
BS24 741 444
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East Sabine Route 1
From a tussock flat due east of the summit, follow a stream to scrub and steep tussock. Negotiable bluffs lead to a high scree terrace. Climb around the foot of the north-east buttress and up steep scree through bluffs just north of the summit.
South West Ridge 2
From the scree terrace described in route 6.10, sidle south around the south-east buttress to steep scree under a high saddle between Franklin and Pk 2291m. From the saddle, pleasant rock scrambling gains the southern shoulder. The final ridge is broad and easy.
Sabine Forks Route 3
Half an hour above Sabine Forks, climb a scree fan from the West Sabine on to Franklin Ridge. A long and arduous route follows the range, turning outlier peaks on the eastern side. The final climb to the summit follows the upper part of East Sabine Route.
West Sabine Route 1
From the outlet of Blue Lake, climb through open forest to the bushline, then follow it and sidle up across tussock slopes into a basin in a major side stream that falls west from Franklin. Climb scree to the head of the stream, where scree gives a route on the west face up loose rock and snow to either the high saddle between Pk 2191m and Franklin or its southern shoulder. A good descent route.
Moraine Wall Route 2
From Blue lake Hut, climb the North West Ridge route on Pk 2291m. Traverse that peak on moderate rock, or sidle the slopes on its north-west flank into the high saddle between Pk 2291m and Franklin. Pleasant rock scrambling gains the southern shoulder.