Peak 9144 – Tasman Glacier New Zealand
Peak 9144 is located on the ridge just behind Kelman mountain hut at the head of the Tasman glacier in the New Zealand Southern Alps. It’s elevation is 2669m and my guess why its called ‘9144’ is because of its elevation in feet? (However when I convert 2669m to feet I get 8756ft so maybe my theory is wrong). If you know the answer then please do drop me a line or leave a comment at the bottom of this post.
Because of 9144 ‘s proximity to Kelman hut and the fact it has a number of short routes on it, all graded around the ‘2’ level its a nice little half-day adventure from Kelman Hut. I climbed it twice in January 2005 with Vanessa Wills. Once via the couloir on the west face and once via the rock buttress on a route called ‘Red Buttress’. There is fantastic views from the summit on a nice day, down the Tasman valley and also across over the other side into the Murchison valley. A nice peak for getting practice in on steep snow or rock while preparing for something bigger.