Altitude: 896m to 1247m. Gain: 172m. Loss: 523m . Gradient: 456 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Prolonged rivers (4/5) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot, avalanche risk (3/7)
From the point where the Davids Saddle route joins the Matakitaki valley downstream, there are intermittent footpads, requiring frequent river crossings to pick up easier travel on the grassy flats. Just 2km from the hut, on the TL, is a benched cut 1km track, initially climbing away from the river and then back to the flats. 1km above the hut, we crossed to the grassy flat on the TR, crossing back to the TL at the hut.