Winter Ascent of Mt Taranaki
3 September - 7 September
- Length: 5 days
- Grade: Hard
- Approximate Cost: Flights, $25/night Kapuni Lodge, 5/night Syme Hut Hut
- Departure Point: Christchurch Airport Jetstar flight JQ286 departing at Fri, 03 Sept, 7am returning on Jet Star JQ291 Tues, 07 Sept, 6:10pm
This is a winter ascent of Mt Taranaki. We’ll fly from Christchurch to Wellington on Fri Sept 3 then hire a car or van to Mt Taranaki, Dawson Falls Carpark. Mt Taranaki in winter is often hard ice so you will need proper boots and crampons capable of front pointing with 2 tools, harness and helmet required. Ropes, harnesses, snow stakes, ice screws may be involved. Depending on the weather we’ll either climb to Kapuni Lodge or Syme Hut for a summit attempt the following day. This is basically a day trip, but the extra days are to allow for weather. From the carpark to Kapuni Lodge is about 600m elevation gain, Kapuni to Syme is about 550m gain and Syme to the summit is another 550m. The flights on Jetstar are still reasonably cheap – $140 round trip with a 20kg bag and 7kg carry on.