Queenstown NZ Alpine Climb Single Cone
Single Cone climbing day trip (2319metres)
Single Cone is the highest peak of the Remarkables Range in Queenstown NZ. The Remarkables Mountain Range is one of two ranges of the Southern Hemishere that runs 'grid' north and south. Its weather system is equal to that of higher alpine ranges that exsist further west.
Consequently there are large amounts of precipitation (rain and snow) that fall in the Remarkables. However because these mountains sit well to the east of the western ranges fine weather can occur when the western hills are cloudy, windy and raining. It is this reason alone that attracts the 'climber' or 'alpine enthusiast' to venture to want to stand on top of such a lofty peak
You can be a well seasoned mountaineer or a complete beginner ,you will still enjoy any of the climbing routes to the top of Single Cone. In summer it can be rock or in winter snow, Single Cone will offer a challenge to suit your needs.
The day starts with meeting your guide at 7.30am and sorting clothing, footwear, and the issuing of equipment for the style of trip. You then drive up the Remarkables road from Queenstown (40 mins) to a height of 1600 metres.
We have a toilet stop here at the ski area base building before commencing our easy hike/snowshoe to Lake Alta 1800 metres (20 mins). This beautiful lake nestles at the bottom of the three peaks of the Remarkables. Single Cone is one of these threepeaks and is our chosen challenge!
The terrain steepens somewhat now through rocky schist outcrops, tussock and scree. There is no trail, just the occasional cairn before finally reaching South Wye Saddle (1950 metres) and a stop for a drink, food bar and photo,(35 mins). From here the ascent is slow and gradual depending on your fitness and seasonal conditions.
We stop at 2100 metres before roping up for the final low angle chimney to gain the top of the ridge.This can be tricky with new snow over rock. Your guide will give you your instructions on how this will be done.
In winter crampons and ice axe are needed for security, in summer the terrain is a little more friendly. Fixed anchor points make the ascent a safe excursion. A certain head for heights is needed as you 'pop' over the ridge and climb the last few metres. The summit awaits you with fantastic views of the big mountains of New Zealand.
What we provide
- Mountaineering equipment including harness and belay device, helmet, rope
- other safety climbing accessories
- Ground transport to destination
- Clothing and footwear can be supplied
- Your guide is well qualified to ensure your safety and enjoyment. All guides are trained by accepted outdoor industry training organisations e.g. NZMGA or NZOIA. They also receive regular training from IMG.
What to bring
- Your own lunch and drink
- Mountaineering clothing and footwear if you have them
- Good fitness is required.
- one person guided trip NZ $695
- two or three person guided trip $395 per person.
Prices are in $NZD.
- Bookings are essential up to 48 hours prior to the start and will only be accepted with a $150 deposit.
- You can make a booking by phoning Dave at 0274 140 544 or use the Booking Form