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Guided Ascent of Mt Aspiring/Tititea
Mt Aspiring is the highest peak (3033m) in Mt Aspiring National Park and close to our base in Wanaka. Climbing Mt Aspiring is a wilderness adventure with an experienced mountain guide there for your safety.
About a Guided Ascent of Mt Aspiring
A guided ascent of Mount Aspiring usually ascends the North West ridge. A 1:1 ratio is common on this route, although a 1:2 ratio is possible if both mountaineers have previous snow and ice climbing experience together. Later in the season, some basic rock climbing skills are essential.
Route Description for Climbing Mt Aspiring
We will fly by helicopter to Bevan Col and after a 2-3 hr glacier hike base ourselves at Colin Todd hut. Tent camping is our option if the hut is full as it is relatively small and often busy mid season. Early in the season, we access the mountain via the Ramp which involves 'pitching' about 10 rope lengths up moderate angled snow and ice. When this route is cut off by the Bergschrund, we climb via the Kangaroo patch, scramble up the rock Buttress and onto the upper NW ridge section.
During mid/late summer we climb up the Shipowner ridge, along the rocky, lower part of the NW ridge, ascend the Buttress and finally climb the upper part of the NW ridge to the summit ice cap. The summit day is anywhere between 8-13 hours in duration. Due to the fact that there are several 'NW ridge route' options for different parts of the season, we can guide you on Mt Aspiring anytime during summer. Click here to see a picture of guided routes for Mt Aspiring
Pre-requisites for a guided ascent of Mount Aspiring with a mountain guide
Climbing Mount Aspiring requires moderate fitness. Some basic mountaineering experience and technical skills are desirable for an ascent of Mt Aspiring. A person with an intermediate level of skills may attempt a guided ascent of Mt Aspiring on the SW ridge route if conditions are suitable, ratio 1:1. Usually, good conditions for the SW ridge are during November and December.
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To become an internationally fully qualified mountain guide takes approximately five years of training and assessment. Kiwi guides are trained and assessed through the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association (NZMGA) which is overseen by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA).
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