Earnslaw

Elevation (feet): 9,285
Elevation (meters): 2,830
Continent: Australia/Oceania
Country: New Zealand
Range/Region: South Island
Latitude: -45.6167
Longitude: 168.4
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec
Year first climbed: 1893
First successful climber(s): Harry Birley
Nearest major airport: Queenstown
Convenient Center: Glenorchy

Thanks to Andrew McCrorie for adding this peak.

The East Peak (highest) and is usually ascended from the north side via Kea Basin & Esquilant Biv (really a hut). In late summer it is a rock scramble with a couple of short rope pitches, there will still be some easy snow slopes below Wright Col. In winter & spring Mt Earnslaw is a snow / ice ascent. From the summit there are extensive views of Mt Aspiring National Park & Lake Wakatipu. Kea basin has a large natural rock-bivvy and is approached from the Rees River. The Earnslaw Burn gives spectacular views of the southern flank of Mt Earnslaw and its glacier and one can cross Lennox Pass to Kea Basin from here, Lennox Creek must be crossed in one place and this crossing is difficult to find.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 3 trip reports for Earnslaw.

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  • Log #18177 - by Thomas Permanseder on Aug 19, 2004
    I climbed it together with Anja Cerpnjak. After one night in the Esquilant bivy we climbed up standard route in perfect conditions. Great views! Nice mountain
  • Log #18178 - by Simon Taverner on Apr 28, 2004
    Good clear cold conditions. Some ice in gully but generally conditions wonderful. Fantastic climb.
  • Log #18179 - by Andrew McCrorie on June 02, 2003
    Summitted on a fine day, not much snow so the climb was all on rock with one rope pitch. Our route went straight up from Esquilant biv.