From South Temple Hut to Top Hut via pt2142
Distance: 9.0 km (8.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Hard terrain
Altitude: 823m to 2071m. Gain: 1313m. Loss: 1179m . Gradient: 16 deg (Steep)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

The hardest of the three passes from the South Temple to Ahuriri, due to scrub and steep faces on the Temple side.

Head 1km upriver from the Top Hut and pick up the spur to pt2142. This is a reasonable 1100m climb on mainly rock and grass/tussock. From the highpoint, head north to the first saddle/shoulder and drop east into the basin to pick up a good route into the head of the South Temple (middle branch).

At first, good moraine flats lead downriver, but 2km from the Temple hut first thick scrub is encountered. Bashing through this near the river leads to beech. However, the valley steepens and gorges and the river becomes impassable. Sidle the steep, windfall-ridden north face at 1100m, gently dropping to 1020m to hit the plateau due west of South Temple Hut. Here things improve and a good trail leads down the spur to the hut.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-11-17 04:18:38. Experienced: 2009-01-01
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