Ascent of Mount Tasman on 2008-03-24

Climber: Mark Vinar

Others in Party:Miles Vinar
Date:Monday, March 24, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Tasman
    Location:New Zealand
    Elevation:3496 m / 11473 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Long and difficult route to Marcel Col (up extreme right of route with high rockfall hazard area, leading to short but steep ice traverse and then the upper glacier with extensive and often very wide crevasse formation - only reached col because of a single remaining thin crevasse bridge. Bivvied overnight at Marcel Col - left at 0200 hrs. Most of early climb straigthforward but difficult traverse of the final ridge/north shoulder - unable to walk ridge line due to it being a knife edge consisting of crappy crumbly ice on one side and soft/weak dry snow on other side. Long process to reach the summit - leapfrogged each other on opposite sides of ridge with rope over ridgeline as protection. Long trip back to pioneer hut after descent via above, with similar descent in moonless dark and convoluted return over extensively crevassed Upper Fox glacier.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:867 m / 2851 ft
    Elevation Loss:1324 m / 4353 ft
    Route Conditions:
Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb, Ice Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Hut Camp, Tent Camp
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:768 m / 2523 ft
    Extra Loss:199 m / 656 ft
    Route:via Ledenfeld
    Trailhead:Marcel Col  2927 m / 9606 ft
    Time Up:8 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1125 m / 3697 ft
    Extra Gain:99 m / 328 ft
    Route:as above plus marcel col to hut
    Trailhead:Pioneer Hut  2470 m / 8104 ft
    Time Down:16 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip:

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Tasman2008-03-24

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