Barron Saddle, Mt. Brewster region summary. This is a large and complex alpine region broadly covering the Southern Alps south of the Aoraki Mt. Cook region to the Haast Highway, north of Mt. Aspiring.
This region is a treasure trove of new route possibilites, a fact made apparent by the “number of new routes to come out of this area in the last two years. Ross Cullen (the area’s guidebook author) and Bill McLeod tackled two peaks on the lower Huxley Range, climbing Waka Jumping, 13 (5.6), 13 pitches on the south face of Leaning Mount, and Zwieback on the Hunter Valley face of Peak 2,285m.
The Cullen and McLeod duo also continued to explore the South Temple Valley and pick off new lines, one of the best finds being the Grasshopper Wall on Peak 2,070m; this wall yeiled one line, and though not technically hard is a good contrbution to the area. Paul Hersey and Mat Woods established two new lines on the north face of Benross Peak (2,486m) from the
Dobson Valley (climbed with Derek Chinn and Dave Morgan also); the first ascent of the south face of Glencairn (2,499m), Neumann Range; and the eight pitch Zoe on Steeple Peak (2,207m), South Temple Valley. Derek Chinn and Paul Hersey also teamed up for a new line on the outlier slab of Steeple Peak, Love Me, Love My Zimmerframe.