I just received this in an email – well done to this fellow. This is a huge trip. Awesome.
I was interested to read recently on your website an article concerning a short ski tour in the Hawkdun Range. I thought that you may be interested to know about a ski tour I completed during August 2002 with two companions. It started at the same gate shown by the author of the Hawkdun tour mentioned above. The tour was on Nordic mountain ski touring skis and was self sufficient throughout – preferring the independence and flexibility of a tent, collecting pre-positioned resupply as we linked through valleys to reach the next range. We traversed the Hawkdun range crossed over to the St Bathan’s Range before descending to St Bathans, ascending to traverse the Dunstans and then descending direct to Cromwell. From here we went up towards the Wanaka end of the Pisa range at Queensbury to traverse the Pisas down to Bannockburn. Then onto Duffer’s saddle over the Old Woman with a detour to go up to the top pojnt of the Garvies, returning to the Old Man range and the descent to the Roxburgh road. The tour, (approximately 400kms) took 23 days from 1st to 23rd August.
It was a splendid ski tour with every variety of weather and snow conditions. It would not have been possible without the considerable help of Helen Scoles of the Cromwell Tourist Office who gained permission from the many landowners for us to cross their properties. I would like to return one day.
With best wishes