Altitude: 859m to 1619m. Gain: 645m. Loss: 1339m . Gradient: 14 deg (Moderate)
From the tarn, head NE to the saddle between Apprentice and the ridge to Mt Technical then sidle the Apprentice and drop to the obvious narrow bridge to the base of the Lewis Tops. Follow the footpad up towards pt 1580 but on a shoulder, strike out across the tops to the NE - pick your route past pt 1535, 1561 and 1568 before following poles down to the treeline and a marked track to the St James carpark (at around 920m, a side track to the left leads to the old pullover at the Lewis Pass road. The current alignment reduces car accident risk by directing traffic to the carpark.