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West Ridge Grand Traverse

West Ridge Grand Traverse


Page Type: Route

Location: Canterbury, New Zealand, Australia/Oceana

Lat/Lon: 43.6°S / 170.14999°E

Object Title: West Ridge Grand Traverse

Route Type: Climb

Time Required: Expedition

Difficulty: NewZealand Grade III

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Page By: NZDonald

Created/Edited: Sep 16, 2005 / Sep 16, 2005

Object ID: 166770

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Start at Mount Cook Village. Go to Hooker Glacier and then the Gardiner Hut. Then climb to the Empress Hut.

Route Description

The climb is brilliant. From Empress Hut climb the northwest butress or the couloir. Climb to Low Peak. Now follow the grand traverse to High Peak. It is a difficult climb and many have died on the traverse. From High Peak you can climb down the normal route on the Tasman Glacier. The weather is very bad on Aoraki Cook so you must take at least a week supply. Ten day supply is better.

Essential Gear

This is a roped climb so take all the expedition ice gear.

Miscellaneous Info

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