West Ridge Grand Traverse

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 43.6°S / 170.14999°E
Additional Information Route Type: Climb
Additional Information Time Required: Expedition
Additional Information Difficulty: NewZealand Grade III
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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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