Otago Section of the New Zealand Alpine Club

Section Event

Mt Liverpool second attempt

Friday, March 8 2024 — Sunday, March 10 2024

The Basics
Event type: Tramping
Start date: Friday, March 8 2024
End Date: Sunday, March 10 2024
Registration cut-off Monday, March 4 2024 5:00 PM
Trip organizers
John Goulstone [Otago]
Cost share of fuel - not envisaging staying in huts.
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Maximum number of participants 12
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This this is to climb Mt Liverpool via Cascade Saddle.  
We will drive to road end on Friday morning and then walk into Cascade Saddle on the Friday and camp by Cascade Stream where there is a toilet or possibly further on to lessen the kea issue. Climb Liverpool on Saturday  and then walk out on Sunday.  May need to rope up for crevasse travel. NB - This trip now going on Friday, returning Sunday. Could not get Monday off. 
You could go a far as Plunket Dome without roping up for crevasse travel.

As for all trips in the mountains we are at the mercy of the weather.  This trip is weather dependent and a decision will be made on Thursday 7 March as to whether it is going ahead. 

You will need to be competent travelling on snow using ice axe and crampons.  Know how to rope up for crevasse travel unless you only go as far as Plunket Dome. 

Getting There

Private car - we will carpool. Leave from Dunedin at 6am Friday. It is a 5 hour trip then 6 hours of walking or more if we camp higher. Daylight hours are decreasing so there won't be so much leeway at the end of the day. 

What to Expect

Lots of up and then lots of down. The climb from the campsite is approx. 8 hours return. This is very dependent on fitness levels of the group as a whole. 

Possible Hazards

Usual alpine hazards - falling, crevasses, unstable snow, sunburn, dehydration, fatigue, poor weather, keas, rockfall. 


ice axe
prusiks or similar
and all the regular stuff you need for a couple of nights out
PLB if you have one


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