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Mount Wakefield Rock Adventure

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2

Pricing From
$1595

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Overview

For those climbers with a thirst for challenge and a desire to take on something truly unique, the Guideless Route on Mount Wakefield presents an unmatched experience. Often hailed as Mount Cook's equivalent to the Remarkables Traverse, this route promises to be an unforgettable expedition.

With its rocky buttresses, the route provides some of the most panoramic views in the entirety of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. As you embark on this journey, you'll encounter a blend of impressive rock terrains, intricate scrambles, and the thrill of climbing gendarmes. The route’s name, "guideless", might suggest a solo endeavor, but rest assured, we prioritize safety above all. Every climber will be accompanied by a highly-trained, professional guide who's not only familiar with every nook and cranny of the route but also brings years of climbing experience to ensure a memorable and secure ascent. Embrace the challenge, and let the Guideless Route mesmerize you with its blend of natural beauty and exhilarating climbs.

Experience and Fitness

  • High level of fitness - you can expect an 8 to 12-hour day with an 800 metre ascent.
  • Be able to rock climb comfortably to grade AU 16. The crux is Ewbank 8 - in mountaineering boots
  • A cool head for exposure
  • Be comfortable on rough ground

Mount Wakefield - Single Day Hike

Mount Wakefield - Single Day Hike

Mount Wakefield - Single Day Hike

Mount Wakefield - Single Day Hike

The 800+ vertical metre ascent on Mount Wakefield starts on the east side of the Hooker Valley, just past the 2nd swing bridge. After a scrubby 100-metre scree slope ascent, the buttress is reached.

The rock eventually gives way to boulders and rubbly slopes. You “summit” just below our radio repeater, at almost 2,000 metres. The exit is a 2 to 3-hour descent along the Wakefield Ridge, or via the direct route down the scree fan adjacent to the Village.

The Guideless Route involves a degree of exposed climbing and ridge travel. It is a committing assignment for both guide and the participant.

We run the first half-day as a “warm up”, an opportunity to climb with your guide before the big day in the mountains.

Cost per person

Dec 2023 - Apr 2024

  • 1 person: NZD1,595

The 800+ vertical metre ascent on Mount Wakefield starts on the east side of the Hooker Valley, just past the 2nd swing bridge. After a scrubby 100-metre scree slope ascent, the buttress is reached.

The rock eventually gives way to boulders and rubbly slopes. You “summit” just below our radio repeater, at almost 2,000 metres. The exit is a 2 to 3-hour descent along the Wakefield Ridge, or via the direct route down the scree fan adjacent to the Village.

The Guideless Route involves a degree of exposed climbing and ridge travel. It is a committing assignment for both guide and the participant.

We run the first half-day as a “warm up”, an opportunity to climb with your guide before the big day in the mountains.

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