Ascent of Single Cone on 2015-01-06

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Petter Bjørstad
Adrian Rayner

Pål Bjørstad
Date:Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Single Cone
    Location:New Zealand
    Elevation:7608 ft / 2318 m

Ascent Trip Report

Note that although this mountain is called Double Cone on the topo map, this is the 2307 summit (the obvious close pair): the 2319m summit - highpoint of The Remarkables - is called Single Cone.

After our Mount Taylor ascent we spend the afternoon driving south, finding a motel in Cromwell, a fairly quiet place just before Queenstown.

Next morning we drive to The Remarkables ski area (signposted from main road) using the lower car park (S45.05251 E168.81307, 1589m) due to construction work higher up. We skirt round the R side of the construction works then follow a service road to a junction where we go straight over, taking a foot trail signposted Alta Lake, with well written informative signboards and a viewpoint for the lake with the summits beyond. The trail continues, intermittent across boulder fields; if in doubt make a rising traverse R direct for the saddle (Wye Pass, S45.06760 E168.81541, 1973m). From here a cairned trail climbs L then R onto the SE ridge of Single Cone: we scramble up R on quartz veined schist slabs then traverse R under a snow slope to the foot of a ramp (S45.07157 E168.80847, 2253m) which leads into a gully which is part snow filled. We rope up and climb this, with Pål leading, setting up running belays. At the top there is a 2m wall which can be passed easily on its L, then a short walk leads to summit block which is climbed with an easy 1m scramble (S45.07139 E168.80774, cairn). It's a fine viewpoint, especially for Lake Wakatipu. Nearby Double Cone is clearly lower as per map and the traverse of the whole cirque is clearly more demanding than Single Cone although reportedly not hard. Mt Aspiring is clearly visible due N.

We return to the top of the gully, abseil down (c.40m), scramble down the ramp and the slabs of the SE ridge then some easy snow leads back to the trail.

As the weather continues to be excellent we decide to try for Mount Aspiring next.

We later learn there was a magnitude 6.0 earthquake some way to the north near Arthur's Pass. We will have been driving to the trailhead at the time and were unaware of it at the time.

Single Cone photo album
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2591 ft / 788 m
    Extra Gain:98 ft / 29 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.1 mi / 8.2 km
    Route:Turoa ski area
    Trailhead:Remarkables ski area  5213 ft / 1588 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 4
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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