Web - Winter 2014

New Zealand

Posted on: February 14, 2014


[Photo] Ingolfson/Wikimedia Commons

Tutoku (2746m)

The first ascent of the west face of this peak in the Darrans, by Guy McKinnon, solo, completed what had been described as one of the greatest remaining mountaineering challenges in New Zealand. McKinnon soloed the 1900m face in one day, then descended to the north with one bivouac. The route has a New Zealand Darrans grade of VI 4+, though if the grading system was open ended it would probably be VII.

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