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Mount Philistine, West Coast

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Mount Philistine West Coast

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-42.88671, 171.52604

BV20 7964 5071


Some very hard rock scrambling and/or severe exposure, and should only be attempted by those experienced in mountaineering and alpine conditions.

No known access issues. If you are aware of any, please let us know

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Trip Notes:

Tips and tricks regarding route choice etc. Feel free to submit brief trip notes of your own.

Mike Steel, 2nd August 2021

The standard route is from the Otira valley - just after the footbridge head up on faint trails onto the grassy ridge with clear views to the north - then scramble up Warnocks bluffs (clearly visible from the road and cairned) - be careful here and pay close attention so you are able to find the route down on the return if cloud comes in.

From here it's straightforward to the summit (it's tempting to head out on to the ridge on the south side, but this becomes slow going higher up).

From the summit there's also the option of heading south along the airy ridge half-way towards Mt Rolleston High Peak and dropping west just after pt 1860, then sidling across and up to Waimak col, then out via the Waimak (or the more remote Rolleston River track).


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