West Face

(4 routes)

Mixed climbing on West to Southwest face of Single Cone

Face (Alpine)
Reference Title Grade Length Quality Bolts Gone Natural pro Link to edit content
91 Fire in the Sky M6 250m
Begin at the apex of the large scree/snow cone below the face and climb thinly iced mixed ground to the lower snow/ice field. Tend left and enter a steep and tight snow filled corner, which leads to a prominent snow patch at approximately half height on the face. Above this begin directly up steep slabs and through an overhang, crux, to where the climbing eases back slightly. Continue straight up to top out right of the prominent rock tower on the ridge leading to the summit of Single Cone.
Ben Dare solo, 2010.
92 Stairway to Methven M5 250m
Start to the right of Fire in the Sky and follow the left tending snow ramp to the base of the steeper mixed ground. From here head directly up the edge of the rock spur between the west and south faces. When the gradient eases, gain the spur itself and continue up towards the top of the face. Tackle the final headwall via a large corner which is blocked at the top by several large chock stones. Climb under these to easier ground to finish just to the right of the normal descent gully leading from the summit of Single Cone.
Ben Dare, Steve Leake, 2010.
93 Martyr M4
Up the centre of the face finishing south of the summit. Pretty rad, fun climbing. This climb weaves its way through the lower two rock bands to meet the large snowfield at about half height. Take a gully / cleft in the climber's right hand side of the face above the snow field. Exit this to the left and follow diagonal gully line through a few harder (M4) steps to finish on the ridge to the right. Getting to the snowfield can be simul-climbed as there usually arent much difficulties through the rock bands at the start.
Steve Skelton, Andrew Mills
GR Gone Rogue M5
This climb stays true to the centre of the upper headwall to the summit. A fantastic day out with a stunning final pitch! Work your way to the snow slope at half height. There are several ways to get there. From the snow field, start on the slabs left of Martyr aiming for a large corner in the centre of the face. Two pitches of slab climbing leads to the base of a mean corner. At the top of the corner angle left to finish near the true summit of Single Cone.
Steve Skelton, Craig Jefferies, Kyle Ryan Walter, - July 2019