Altitude: 273m to 1637m. Gain: 794m. Loss: 1504m . Gradient: 17 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/6) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons, avalanche risk (5/7)
From Brodrick Hut, follow the poled route north, crossing the first deeply scoured out creek, then ambling over tussock at about 1020m to the base of the first spur to the pass.
The poled route climbs this spur, crossing the head of the 1st creek to its east in the process. Poles give out, and are replaced by occasional cairns towards the saddle.
Once on the pass, there are no markers. Find gravel and tussock lead steeply down into the head of Mackenzie Creek, where the gradient softens and easy travel follows down the valley floor.
100m below where the valley starts to enter low scrub (as shown on the map), before it steepens to falls, a slip can be seen on the true left. A series of cairns mark a rough route up this slip, climbing 100m before reaching a small flat basin (not shown on maps) where good campspots and a small stream are found. From the campspot, the route, marked intermittently with permolat, continues to climb SW gaining another 100m to reach the main spur at about 1150m.
The marked, unmaintained track then follows the spur down (NW) between the main 2 forks on Mackenzie Creek, dropping to about 700m before cutting west down the face into the western fork of the creek below. The section of track on the spur is quite well defined, but that dropping can be easily lost.
Once in the creek, follow it downriver to the main Landsborough. Fraser Hut is found by following the bushedge upriver to Creswicke Flat, and is tucked out of sight of the river on the bushedge on a terrace on the southern bank.