Altitude: 1318m to 1502m. Gain: 312m. Loss: 172m . Gradient: 9 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/5) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
The ridgeline sawtooths over several small peaks south of Maroparea, climbing lastly the conical Orupu. Dropping east of Orupu you swing south to a low saddle and hit leatherleaf again - thankfully sparse. Heading south from the saddle the turnoff to Sparrowhawk is not signposted, but a few warratahs mark the route to the hut, tucked out of sight at the head of a spur 50m to the east of the ridgeline.