Altitude: 909m to 2372m. Gain: 1575m. Loss: 112m . Gradient: 12 deg
Skills: Glacier travel required (7/7)
From Horace Walker Hut, climb through a short scrub section to reach the stream draining the Wicks Glacier. It may be possible to avoid the scrub by following the Douglas River to between the first two streams on the TR below the lake and then ascending. Once through the scrub, continue up the tussock slopes to reach the scree and eventually the remnants of the Wicks Glacier. There were some un-crossable crevasses at Xmas 2017 and we had to traverse SE until finding a way through. Once through the icefall, Wicks Col is easily obtained. The descent to the Horace Walker Glacier was straight forward and then the long snow plod to Welcome Pass.