From NW Ridge Malthus Peak to Scone Hut via Bettison Stream
Distance: 8.8 km (10.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 397m to 2081m. Gain: 266m. Loss: 1923m . Gradient: 15 deg (Steep)
Skills: Snow / ice (5/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Canterbury/Westland guide has a good description of this route. The descent to the Bettison Lake is straight forward until a final rocky buttress. Careful route finding was needed with some down-climbing. After the first 20-30m, the descent was by zig-zagging on good rocky ledges.
Bettison Stream is followed on TR before making an ascending traverse above the scrub. There is a large cairn on the ridgeline at the edge of the boulder field. Traverse the boulder field, there were not many cairns in 2015 until the latter parts of the traverse; don't be tempted to descend. The marker poles for the start of the track only came into sight about 50m above them. The track is steep but well marked.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-24. Experienced: 2015-01-15
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