South West Ridge

Type: 
Alpine
Reference: 
D
Pitch(es): 
#EwbankAlpine (Technical)Alpine (Commitment)Alpine (Mt Cook)AidWater IceMixedBoulder (Hueco)LengthBoltsTrad
120mNo
 

From Cupola Basin Hut, ascend to a saddle on the Travers Range (just below Pt 1989) where the ridge begins. A series of sharp teeth can be turned on the west by descending a gut to a ledge, which angles back to a notch in the ridge. The summit pyramid is steep climbing on good rock. Boulders in a chimney can be turned by a tight crawl underneath.

Grade: 
2
Quality: 
1.02
Gone: 
0
Length: 
0m
Natural pro: 
0
Ascent: 
Ian Powell and others, December 1933
UUID: 
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Comments

Jan 2012 ascent in snow free conditions - rock is a little loose gaining the ridge near Pt 1989 and variable along the ridge, although really is nice on the summit pyramid; the last of the sharp teeth can be passed with an 11m abseil as an alternative to descending to the angling ledge on the west; at the start of the summit pyramid a prominent shallow chimney just west of the ridge leads to progressively easier ground above.