Altitude: 377m to 1344m. Gain: 1139m. Loss: 174m . Gradient: 19 deg (Steep)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
An unnecessary-feeling climb-then-descent takes you south from Mid Waiohine Hut to the swingbridge. 100m of easy walking follows then the climb begins. Very steep for the first 600m, then a series of gentle climbs & steep bursts after that. Good cut track, but steep, relentless and hard going for 1000 vertical meters.
At the bushedge you're level with Aokaparangi Hut, but the face is steep and scrubby, so easiest is to climb to the summit a further 200m above the bushline.