A popular half-day outing rewarded with fantastic views of the Main Divide peaks and the Franz Josef Névé. There are a number of routes. The easiest appears to be the narrow gully on the north side, accessed from the flat col west of the peak.
From Christie follow the ridge to Halcombe.
The broad snow face that can be seen from Pioneer Hut.
Pioneer Face, Variant 1
A short loose rock band to the west followed by snowslopes to the summit. Climbed from near the same col as the North Couloir.
Pioneer Face Variant 2
A good quality rock buttress on the Franz side of Halcombe offers a worthwhile three pitch route. The last pitch is desperately loose however, so rapping off is recommended.