We continued up the river and after a few days established ourselves in a snowcave not far below Clarke Saddle on the main divide. From here we made some good climbs, some of them first and second ascents. These included Tasman, Silberhorn, Teichelmann (five ascents! and saw the sun set from its summit a couple of times), Magellan (third ascent), Drake (second ascent and new route) and Mt Hicks (first ascent of the north face).
|Returning from Magellan
The highlight for me on this trip was the first ascent of the west face of Mt Hicks with Dave Elphick.
We had to spend a night on top and were very lucky to get safely down the face in a sudden storm. We finally climbed over Clarke Saddle and walked out to the Hermitage in a long 21h day.
|Dave E and Mike W on Tasman Arete
|Returning From Tasman over Teichelmann
More about a couple of these topics in the next post.