Mt Aspiring – 17th Jan 2020

An epic mish with Lachlan.

Leaving after work we made our way to Pearl Flat, where we camped the night.

Next day we ventured to Colin Todd via Bevan Col.

On the third day we made our way up the Kangaroo Patch and climbed the buttress to summit. We descended the same route, all the way to the car (starting at 4.30am and reaching the car at 6ish pm. We were back in Queenstown that night, a very successful trip.

17 jan 2020 Aspring from Bevan Col
Bevan Col 17th Jan 2020.

Colin Todd
Colin Todd Hut.

Lachie top of ramp - not the route we climbed
On the NW Ridge, just above the ramp.

on top
Summit Mt Aspiring, 17th Jan 2020.

pitching
Pitching to get around some steep snow slopes. A better option would be to climb the buttress more directly in these conditions.

Decding bev col
Descending Bevan Col.

Raping bev slabs
Rapelling the Bevan Slabs.

IMG_7607
Stoked with the mission, Bevan Slabs.

Xtream
Back at the car… Xtream! haha

Mt Earnslaw and O’Leary Peak- Trailpinism

A blast up Mt Earnslaw with Tom Spencer 14th February 2020.

Above inversion Earnslaw
Breaching the inversion layer above Kea Basin.

on the Birley
Onto the snow slopes that make up the nearly non-existent Birley Glacier.

Looking to Sir William Grant
On top of Earnslaws East Peak.

Looking to West Peak
Earnslaw West Peak (from East Peak)

pano top Earnslaw
A panorama from the summit of East Peak.

Stoked on Summit Earnie
Tom on top!

 

Mt Aspiring in a day

On the 1st of March 2020 Rose Pearson, Alastair McDowell and I set out to climb Mt Aspiring in a single day, “trailpinism” style (super light and fast, running and “power hiking”).

An epic day in the mountains that took us 11hrs and 50min car to car from Raspberry Flat… possibly the fastest known time for this mountain.