Ascent of Tapuae-o-Uenuku on 2011-01-02

Climber: Jon Colbert

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, January 2, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Location:New Zealand
    Elevation:2884 m / 9465 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Third time lucky!
After two failed winter attempts, I had to cheat and sneak in for a summer ascent.
The Hodder bash is much more pleasant when your feet are not numb, and the rocks in the gorge more forgiving when not covered in a hard frost!

There was very little snow, but enough to get the axe out for and to get a good glissade back down.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2404 m / 7890 ft
    Route:Staircase Creek
    Trailhead:Hodder bridge  480 m / 1575 ft
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Hut Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Very Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:0 Days 

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