Altitude: 811m to 1016m. Gain: 70m. Loss: 215m . Gradient: 8 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Prolonged rivers (4/6)
Just above pt1037 the up-and-over track swings east off the spur and descends in a series of zigzags back to the Oroua River, above the worst of the gorges. From here if follows the riverbed upriver for 1.5km to reach Triangle Hut. The river is gorged in places (especially just below the hut) and requires several crossings and in-river travel. The deepest crossings are normally thigh-to-waist deep in slow water, but this route can easily become impassable after rain.