Mountaineering in New Zealand, Ben Dare climbs a new route on Mount Cook

On November 18, 2017, Ben Dare from New Zealand completed the first, solo, ascent of Remembrance, a new 550m ascent on the south face of Aoraki/Mt Cook.

Less than a month after the historic first ski descent of the SE face of Mount Cook, better yet, Aoraki as the Maori natives call it, a new route has now been forged on the same mountain. The new climb was added to the south face on November 18 by Ben Dare.

After negotiating the perilous Noeline Glacier, Dare broke through the Bergshrund and climbed a line of ice to the rocky mixed ground below the southern ridge. Upon reaching the ridge, Dare did not continue to the summit but instead descended from the south ridge. The new route is called Memory and is dedicated to Conor Smith who perished climbing with Sarwan Chand in April 2017. Dare had attempted the line with Smith a year ago.

Dare’s new route on Aoraki follows another first solo ascent, namely the south face of the 2472m peak, a mountain nestled under the western shoulder of the most famous
Mount Huxley. Phoenix was ridden on October 28, 2017, tackles difficulties up to grade 5+ (M4, AI4) in his 500m and breaks the “striking south face” following the “Obvious and attractive corner system that leads to the full height of the face.”

Link: FB New Zeland Alpine Team, FB Ben Dare