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Arthur’s Pass


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A guide for mountaineers

This guide covers a large area, incorporating Arthur’s Pass National Park, Craigieburn Forest Park, and Korowai / Torlesse Tussocklands Park. It also extends beyond these boundaries to take in summits on nearby ranges, thereby complementing the Canterbury Westland Alps guidebook to the south-west. This edition contains all new routes documented since the 2012 edition, and coverage of all routes and mountains briefly described in earlier editions has now been expanded and more fully described.

This guide strives to get you to your chosen climb, provide just enough information to navigate the route successfully and find your way down, without providing ‘blow by blow’ accounts. Points of interest such as historical detail and cautions that need be heeded are provided.

Beautifully illustrated with hundreds of colour photos and route diagrams, and with clearly described access options for popular climbing locations, this is the essential guidebook for anyone planning a trip into this special area of New Zealand’s Southern Alps / Ka Tiritiri o te Moana.

210mm x 148mm, paperback
full-colour images

176 pages

Published: 8th edition 2020

ISBN: 978-0-9941210-7-3

Author: Graeme Kates

Graeme stumbled into Arthur’s Pass about 19 years ago on a fleeting visit from Sydney, Australia. Around the same period, he fell in love with the town and its hills. Since then he has visited the Pass on a regular basis, quietly going around ascending the various mountains and peaks in no particular order. His other climbing forays have taken him into all other mountainous regions of New Zealand, and several expeditions into South America, Pakistan and Nepal. Other past-times include vertical caving, desert trekking, music and general misadventure. In 1994, Graeme moved to New Zealand taking up permanent residence in Arthur’s Pass. Most of his major climbing accidents (i.e. not the small ones) have also taken place in Arthur’s Pass National Park in previous years.

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