Mt Bowen

(2 routes)


-43.047670980000, 170.963470350000
J34 441 935
BV18 341 319
Reference Title Grade Length Quality Bolts Gone Natural pro Edit link
Mikonui Spur 1
Head up the Mikonui Valley to the Mikonuiā€“Dickson confluence and pick up the locally maintained marked route a short way up the Dickson River. Follow this presently overgrown permolat track up to the tops and Mikonui Spur Biv (DOC, two-person). The ridge above to Mt Bowen offers reasonable travel with steep sections in the lower part. Higher up, an easy sidle on the south-west side avoids the more difficult ridge crest.
L H Parry, Ron Brown ( first known ascent), 15 November 1937
South (Sentinel) Ridge to Noisy Basin and the Whitcombe Valley 1
Mt Bowen can be traversed with packs to the Whitcombe Valley. From Mt Bowen, the rocky spur out past Sentinel Peak offers good travel down to J34 460909 / BV18 360 293, where there may still be an old marker post. Easy tussock travel then leads left to Noisy Stream and Basin. From the 1170-metre contour, leave Noisy Stream and sidle on the true left across benches and basins to J34 474922 / BV18 374 306. Descend the spur over a lower knoll directly down to join the marked route leading to the Whitcombe Valley. The lightly-marked route is followable with care, but deteriorates on forested flats near the river.
Yvonne Cook and Geoff Spearpoint, in association with the Canterbury Mountaineering Club