Approached via the heavily wooded spur that ascends from the Deception River. This spur is on the true-left of the stream that drains the amphitheatre under its summit. Very ugly best describes this route
From Lower Deception
Approached from the lower Deception Valley by ascending Midday Creek and its slide. Bear south towards the saddle above Spray Creek and then onto Mt Russell via one very exposed section of rotten ridgeline.
Approached from the lower Deception Valley by ascending Midday Creek and its slide. Once clear of the scrub, continue climbing towards Tarapuhi,a very difficult/horrendous route. From the saddle above Spray Creek a short, very steep, pitch can be climbed on the Otehake side towards Mt Tarapuhi.
Gain Waharoa saddle via Paruta stream before traversing the tops. The final 1km ridge has several sharp, exposed sections making for an exciting winter climb or a straight forward summer scramble.