Ascent of Te Ahu Patiki on 2015-01-14

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Petter Bjørstad

Pål Bjørstad
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Te Ahu Patiki
    Location:New Zealand
    Elevation:3015 ft / 918 m

Ascent Trip Report

Aka Mt Herbert. We climb this hill two days after our Tappy (Tapuae-o-Uenuku) ascent on a spare day before we fly to Tasmania.

From our motel near Christchurch we head south on SH1 then pick up signs for Akaroa (SH75). At the small town of Little River we turn L onto Western Valley Road (s/p Port Levy), narrow and becoming unpaved but reasonable surface. In 8km we reach Levy Saddle, 677m, which has space for a few cars (S43.71511 E172.78387).

The leftmost of the two tracks west of the road is the trail, marked by orange topped posts. It makes an initial ascent then bends R, descends steeply, then another small up and down leads to a saddle where the main track descends L and another route is signposted R. Our trail goes straight ahead up the crest. It passes close to a grassy summit, descends 50m then climbs to the summit, with two stiled fence crossings en route.

The summit is marked by a cairn and a sign stating the elevation 919m (S43.68964 E172.74162). We're in cloud all the way and with the grass wet our feet are soaked. The 5.2km route has taken 1h10 and after a short break we head down, in 1hr. En route I check the two main summits passed on the way up: S43.69614 E172.75402, 913m P54 (6m lower than the marked summit according to the topo map) and Kaitunu Spur S43.71700 E172.77205 807m P132 (prominence from GPS readings: 137m interpolated).

This is the last summit of our New Zealand trip We next climb Mount Ossa the Tasmanian island highpoint in two days time.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1450 ft / 440 m
    Extra Gain:328 ft / 99 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.5 mi / 10.4 km
    Route:SE ridge
    Trailhead:Levy Pass  2221 ft / 676 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 1
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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