Malte Brun, New Zealand – On October 30, 2017, Tom Grant, Ben Briggs, and Enrico Mosetti skied another impressive first descent down the Zig Zag on 3,199 meter Malte Brun in the Southern Alps of New Zealand.
The European trio made a technical, 600 meter ski descent down the south side of Malte Brun, which is the 8th highest peak in New Zealand. PlanetMountain.com notes the route is graded 5.4, E4 and that Mosetti described the line as “probably the most technical ski descent in New Zealand.” They skied it with only one 20-meter rappel.
On 27 October 2017, Grant, Briggs, and Mosetti made the first ski descent of the Caroline Face on Mount Cook/Aoraki. These guys are crushing it!
Here’s a photo of the ski route from Tom Grant’s Instagram:
First descent of Malte Brun via the Zig Zag route on it’s south face 30/10/17. Multe Brun is a beautiful and prominent peak, steep on all sides and known for it’s climbing routes. The most technical line I’ve skied in NZ, it went with only one 20m rap. Thanks again to my all star team of @benbriggs1 and @sonilmose for an awesome trip. Photo @benbriggs1 #scarpa_uk @blackcrows_skis @plum_officiel @conceptchamonix @jottnar @we_are_sungod
A shot of the rappel on the Malte Brun descent form Tom Grant’s Instagram:
Questing up a classic grade 4- climb in search of some fun skiing. Not entirely sure whether this line would go clean, we skied 600m with one 20m rap over this section. 96.6666666% skiing @benbriggs1 calculates, we’ll take that. Photo @sonilmose #maltebrunnotmatlebrun #firstdescent #scarpa_uk @blackcrows_skis @plum_officiel @conceptchamonix @we_are_sungod @jottnar
Here’s another angle on the Zig Zag Route on Malte Brun from the CMC- Wyn Irwin Lodge, Mt Cook Facebook Page: