Ascent of Mount Taranaki on 2014-12-29

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Petter Bjørstad
Adrian Rayner
Pål Bjørstad
Date:Monday, December 29, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Taranaki
    Location:New Zealand
    Elevation:8261 ft / 2517 m

Ascent Trip Report

After our Mount Kosciuszko ascent Adrian and I return to Sydney and next day fly to Wellington where we meet Petter and Pål Bjørstad and drive to New Plymouth, stopping at one of the ubiquitous New World supermarkets en route for supplies, then finding a room in the White Eagle motel, Inglewood, and a late meal in the nearby town of New Plymouth.

We climb from the North Egmont (NE) side, taking the signposted turning off the SH3 at S39.14580 E174.14525. Trailhead at North Egmont visitor centre, S39.27095 E174.09524, 952m, locked gate above car park. Shortly reaching a building we take the signposted summit route left, following a 4WD road to a comms mast with the Tahurangi Lodge mountain hut just above it (S39.28940 E174.08258, 1503m) which we reach in an hour. Above, the well made trail heads up a gully then a long staircase leads to the foot of a loose slope. The trail climbs rightwards to pick up a rocky rib which makes for a pleasant steep ascent. At 2400m the route passes R of an obstacle via a neat ledge which leads into the small snow filled crater. Crossing this we follow boot prints up the far side, fitting crampons for the last steep slightly icy snow slope. The summit consists of two rock outcrops of very similar height, the first (southern, S39.29608 E174.06382, 2510m) apparently being slightly higher, with a triangulation survey mark (small metal rod) on top.

We're up in 3h45. Apart from one German we have the summit to ourselves although we meet plenty of folk on the way up and down. There's no view: we've been in cloud since about halfway up. After half an hour we head down. The loose scree isn't very runnable but it's a pretty easy descent, taking 2h30. Rain threatens but apart from two short bursts it stays dry.

Our next planned peak is Ruapehu tomorrow, but first we have to locate the Bjorstads' second bag which seems to have got lost in customs at Auckland airport and holds their climbing gear. After some intensive telephone work by Petter it arrives on the 8.20pm flight, then we drive an hour or so then find a motel in Whanganui.

Taranaki photo album
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5144 ft / 1567 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.8 km
    Trailhead: North Egmont visitor centre  3117 ft / 950 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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