Photo by Jethro Robinson
|Best months for climbing:||Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec|
|Year first climbed:||1909|
|First successful climber(s):||Jack Clarke, Alex Graham, B. Head|
|Nearest major airport:||Christchurch, South Island|
|Convenient Center:||Wanaka, South Island|
Mount Aspiring is one of South Island's most attractive mountains. It rises near the island's stormy west coast, its classic glaciated horn towering above the surroundings. It is hugged by glaciers on both its north and south sides, and ascending it requires ice skills, as well as rock climbing skills for the summit. The summit route has several huts along the way, which sometimes are needed for extended periods due to the persistence of the storms. Aspiring is 100 miles south of Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain.