Altitude: 1404m to 1695m. Gain: 411m. Loss: 146m . Gradient: 7 deg
Skills: Mountaineering (6/7)
Traverse the wide tussock shelf past tarns to reach Lennox Creek. The creek is a deep gorge and it requires scouting to find a route across and down the other side. It also requires climbing and abseiling ability is an exposed situation. We ascended 100-150m to a rocky buttress, stepped across the gorge, followed by a 5m belayed vertical climb to another rocky outcrop. Then two abseils (one about 20m off a wire, second about 30m off some boulders) to reach the walkable tussock shelf/slope. We then kept the height and traversed until we could make a rising traverse to Lennox Pass. It would probably have been smarter to descend 100-150m on the slopes below pt 2026 to avoid some steeper craggier sections.