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Zenith Col - Alpha

Sunshine Coast

Zenith Col - Alpha Traverse

Alpine Climbing Difficult

10 km
1.7 km
1.4 km
Low Point
1.5 km
High Point
2.6 km
Zenith Col - Alpha Map

This is a popular alpine climbing route which is generally considered to be difficult. It's remote, it features high exposure and is typically done between July and August. From a low point of 1.5 km to the maximum altitude of 2.6 km, the route covers 10 km, 1655 vertical metres of ascent and 1356 vertical metres of descent. You'll need ice axe, bivy kit, crampons, glacier kit and wires and friends to complete it safely.


The classic traverse of the Tantalus range starting at the Zenith Col and ending on Mount Alpha



The beginning of truly technical terrain which might involve pitched climbing on rock and/or ice, exposed terrain and complex route finding in ascent and descent. Equivalent to AD, AD+

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Much of the route is difficult to protect and a fall could be disastrous at certain points.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between July and August

Equipment required

  • Ice axe
  • Bivy Kit
  • Crampons
  • Glacier kit
  • Wires and Friends

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