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Routeburn Day Trip

By , June 14, 2012 8:49 pm
Touring from the Routeburn Track

Touring from the Routeburn Track

Just a quick day trip up the Routeburn. Good day out, bit of effort getting up there but all good.

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Middle Peak 1840m via hi-traverse or heli

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By , May 31, 2012 9:34 am

Middle Peak, Cardona Valley

Middle Peak is the good looking basin just north of Cardrona ski resort. With a
good south-east exposure holds snow in good condition never the less the relatively low altitude.

Two way to get there:
The first is an awesome traverse from the top of Cardrona ski resort: first up to Mt Cardrona, descent to McDonalds peaks, up on the way of Knuckle peak to the lowest point of the traverse (1200m) back up to Highland Continue reading 'Middle Peak 1840m via hi-traverse or heli'»

Cardrona Back Bowls and down to Golspie Valley Floor

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By , April 22, 2012 9:12 am

Approx route down to valley floor

The winter of  2011 was an unusual season with low snow levels and better quality snow at the lower elevations. Cardrona back bowls are a favourite because of their ease of access. The Cardrona carpark is one of the higher elevated carparks and the skinning up to the summit of Mt Cardrona does not take long and is a pleasant skin along the western edge of the skifield, half of it on quiet cat tracks. Continue reading 'Cardrona Back Bowls and down to Golspie Valley Floor'»

Old Man Peak 1826m

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By , March 30, 2012 9:12 am

visual map

A fun and medium-easy day trip, especially after a low level snow fall with a moderate 900m vertical climb to the top. From the top the skiing into the “back bowl” (looking into the St. Bathan range) is really good and the south east aspect keeps the snow in good nick.

Access: From SH8 approx 1.5 km north of the Lindis Pass turn off to a gravel road (Doc sign post) and either park there or drive up another km to a locked gate. Continue reading 'Old Man Peak 1826m'»

Towers Ridge – access from Treble Cone

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By , August 28, 2011 8:31 am

Towers Ridge is the continuation of the Summit Ridge of Treble Cone beyond Wedding Cake Rock (see map). The quickest access is to boot pack above the Saddle Quad to gain height, followed by a long gliding traverse and then a short skin back up to the ridge before Wedding Cake.Wedding Cake rock can be skirted on either side depending on conditions.

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Ruapehu’s 6 Glaciers in a day

By , August 5, 2011 11:48 pm

Paul on Mangaturuturu Glacier

High on Mt Ruapehu lie the only glaciers in the North Island. While they are mere remnants of their former ice age size, they still provide some of the best skiing terrain around. Ruapehu is a mountain created with ski-touring in mind, with access, terrain and (at times) snow conditions that are hard to beat in either island.

A standard day touring on Ruapehu might see one skinning to the summit plateau from the highest Whakapapa lift, doing a run or two of the Whangaehu or Mangaturuturu Glaciers before skiing down through the skifield to the Top o’ the Bruce. But how about linking all six major glaciers together in a single day into one grand tour? Most North Island alpinists would be hard-pressed to describe where the six glaciers are let alone attempt to name them all!

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Traverse of the Crown Range

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By , July 28, 2011 10:38 am

The traverse of the Crown Range is a good day touring where the objective is to complete the traverse and unless very fit there is not a lot of time for runs off the ridge – good as they appear to be. It is a good trip to do when the avalanche hazard is higher as you can make a safe day of it with good route finding and group management.
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Roy’s Peak 2012

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By , July 24, 2011 5:27 am

Roy’s Peak dominates the skyline above Wanaka. It is not often that we get enough snow on Roy’s Peak to contemplate a sky off it’s lofty summit. This year was different. We had a large dump from the NorthWest which lasted a week bringing much needed and large volumes of snow especially to the western mountains. Roy’s Peak was loaded.


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Overnight to Kirtle Burn Hut, Pisa Range

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By , July 23, 2011 11:32 pm

The Kirtle Burn hut is a 7 bunk hut nestled below Mt Pisa. Drive up to the Snowfarm (off the Cardrona Valley Rd). You need a backcountry pass to access the DOC track which starts amongst the Proving Ground buildings. Call in to the Snow Farm office to register. Continue reading 'Overnight to Kirtle Burn Hut, Pisa Range'»

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By , July 15, 2011 11:25 pm

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