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Category: West Coast Glaciers

Mt Mannering via Whataroa and Classen Saddles

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By , May 26, 2014 8:09 am
SW spur of Mt Mannering

SW spur of Mt Mannering

A great adventure ski tour crossing the main divide with a spectacular summit. From Murchison hut ascend the glacier on the opposite side of the valley heading towards point 2178. The glacier steepens at around the 1900m mark to 2000m mark and for us required cramponing. We did this in November with a low snow pack and warmish temperatures.


Once above 2000m easy benches lead  northwards over Classen Saddle. Easy skinning leads up a large basin towards Whataroa Saddle which is incorrectly marked on the map. To cross the divide look for a small saddle about 20m West of point 2442. There are stupendous views from here down the Whymper Glacier, and over to the East face of Elie De Beaumont. Continue reading 'Mt Mannering via Whataroa and Classen Saddles'»

Ski the Fritz Range

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By , January 3, 2012 10:54 am

Summit ridge Mt Moltke

One of the most popular ski tours in the Mt Cook National Park. The Fritz range leads in a NW direction from the main divide of the Southern Alps out towards the Tasman Ocean, parallel to the Franz Joseph Glacier. The Range holds its altitude the length of the Franz Gl, and so involves passing over several peaks. The Fritz range ends with a descent to the Franz Gl terminus.

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