Climbing Classic West Coast peaks

summit of moonlight peak, west coast classic

Summiting Moonlight pk, Franz Josef GlacierClimbing classic West coast peaks

The Western side of the Southern Alps of New Zealand offer many beautiful climbs of classic peaks, many below the 3000m level, presenting very achievable objectives for the mountaineer

My knowledge of this iconic mountain region over the last 30 years will provide you with an experience of achievement during an inspiring week of mountaineering in this magical and rewarding part of the NZ mountains. This is truly my  preferred backyard..

mt aurora

West ridge Mt Aurora, Franz neve

Easy classic summits include the likes of Moonlight 2700m; Meteor 2624m, Aurora 2663m all from the comfortable base of Centennial hut in the Franz Josef neve.

The peaks along the spine of the Fritz range like Triad 2649m, Halcombe 2659m and Von Bulow 2600m are also accessible from either Centennial hut or Pioneer hut and Grey peak is another option from Pioneer hut.

More demanding classic peaks for the experienced alpinist on the Western side are the Minarets, Haidinger, Lendenfeld, Glacier Peak.

The vastness of Fox and Franz Josef glaciers is mind boggling and beautiful.

fox neve drop off

Heli drop off , head of the Fox neve

Helicopter access and egress is well established for this region and helps make logistics possible and comfortable so you can access and experience this awesome world.

Come and witness and enjoy spectacular sunsets and views down to the West coast surf, from the middle of immense glaciation.

If you like wilderness and have an adventure spirit, then the wild West coast alpinism experience is for you.

This trip  6 – 7 days long

Ascent of a peak during an instruction course in NZCentennial hutMountaineering on the west coast