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Ascent to Tapuae-o-Uenuku-Upper Staircase Creek on 2009-07-15

Climber: Jon Colbert

Others in Party:Karati
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Tapuae-o-Uenuku - Upper Staircase Creek
    Location:New Zealand
    Elevation:7546 ft / 2300 m
    Remaining Elevation:1919 ft / 584 m (39% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Avalanche conditions forced us to turn back.
A ragging southerly had loaded the Northern aspects and the snow had not had a chance to bond. The terrain that had to be crossed would have placed us in unnecessary danger. So we went back to the Hodder Huts and brewed up.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2953 ft / 900 m
    Grade/Class:2-
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Hut Camp
    Weather:Snowing, Frigid, Very Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2953 ft / 900 m
    Route:Staircase Creek
    Start Trailhead:Hodder Huts  4593 ft / 1399 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Staircase Creek (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Mount Alarm2009-07-137864 ft / 2397 m
2(Attempt) Tapuae-o-Uenuku2009-07-152953 ft / 900 m
Total Trip Gain: 10817 ft / 3297 m    Total Trip Loss: 4846 ft / 1477 m



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