Author(s): Ross Eden
The majestic, near symmetrical cone of Taranaki/Mount Egmont rises from the gently rolling pasture of the North Island's West Cape. As New Zealand's most accessible mountain it proudly dominates the landscape, influences the province's weather and provides an irresistible magnet for climbers. A variety of climbing abounds on the upper slopes; from 10 metre crag climbs to classic winter alpine climbs on the rimed slopes. The mountain's open terrain offers limitless variations in the trackless alpine areas. This totally revised new edition features 30 alpine routes and over 200 rock climbs, including a dozen newly developed crags. Skiing on the mountain is also covered. Complemented by over 70 photographs, photo-topos and maps, this guide also details the Maori legend, climbing history and the origins of place names. Climbs are conveniently arranged by road ends or climbing base huts and indexed for quick location. This authoritative guide is an essential resource for anyone wishing to explore Taranaki's climbing bounty.