Warning: this route segment has not been experienced by the author
Altitude: 961m to 1333m. Gain: 324m. Loss: 446m . Gradient: 13 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
From Manson Biv, head NE to pt 1257 and pick up the marked DOC track running NW over the saddle. Once back on open tops, skirt the south face of the first peak to pick up the obvious clear spur heading due south. Follow this to where it starts to drop steeply (still on open tops) towards the main creek. At around the 1200m contour, look out for a vague spur dropping SW with a tongue of beech rising up it to nearly meet the main spur you are on. Take this side-spur SW and drop with it to the river. The top of the spur becomes scrubby but the going just south of the crest is good in open (though steep) beech forest.
On reaching the river, head 100m upriver, ignoring the first small sidecreek (not shown on maps) to the sidecreek draining from Old Manson Hut. Follow either the creek or the spur to its north uphill (west) until a large grassy basin open out beside the creek. Old Manson Hut sits at the back of this basin. Vague flagging-tape routes run fromt he main river to the hut, but are ill-defined.