(draft) Trip: My Trip
Length: from 4.0 up to 5.0 days
Distance: 70.7 km (31.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, hard - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 374m to 1815m. Gain: 5956m. Loss: 5844m . Gradient: 10 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Prolonged scrambles (4/7) - Prolonged rivers (4/6) Winter - High avalanche risk, iceaxe/crampons (7/7)


From Lake Sylvan carpark to Rockburn hut ruin via Lake Sylvan
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Distance: 7.1 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 374m to 528m. Gain: 266m. Loss: 230m . Gradient: 4 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

A well defined track through the beech to the lake and along the eastern flank - boggy in dry weather, very wet after rain.

From the northern tip of the lake, the track climbs steadily paralleling the creek until attaining the saddle above the Rockburn / Dart confluence. A short descent leads to the hut ruin (now a campsite).

Created by: Bernieq on 2015-06-22. Experienced: 2013-02-23

Distance: 3.8 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 393m to 399m. Gain: 11m. Loss: 14m . Gradient: 0 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Prolonged rivers (4/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Cross the Rock Burn below the hut and continue along he edge of the Dart River as far as possible (very dependant on flow level).

Scramble up onto the forested bank and pick up a footpad and head upstream, staying close to the river. Drop back to the river when possible and look for a marked entry to a track that cuts through the bush to the Beans Burn confluence with the Dart River. Cross the Beans Burn where shallowest.

Travel time is highly dependant on flow level in the Dart River.

Created by: Bernieq on 2015-06-22. Experienced: 2013-02-24

Distance: 11.8 km (7.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 396m to 864m. Gain: 804m. Loss: 336m . Gradient: 6 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

Just back from the gravel is a marker to the start of the track up the Beans Burn. Under beech, the track rises to a fixed bridge spanning the burn, crossing to the TR. A steep climb to a saddle and a short descent reaches a grassy flat with good campsites. The track resumes at the northern end and climbs away from the burn to 800m and roughly follows this contour back to the stream. There are several major slips and side streams to cross.

Eventually, the track breaks out from the trees and the rock biv can be seen more that a km at the other side of the clearing.

Created by: Bernieq on 2015-06-22. Experienced: 2013-02-24

From Split Rock Biv - Beansburn to Track point via Beans Burn
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Distance: 2.0 km (1.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 861m to 985m. Gain: 133m. Loss: 12m . Gradient: 4 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

200m upstream of the rock biv, cross to the TL and head towards the obvious saddle, picking up a useful footpad. From the saddle, follow a rocky gut almost to the river and pick up a dry (in normal flow) anabranch and follow to just short of the climb point. Pull out of the shallow rocky bed and cross to the TR and the climb point.

Created by: Bernieq on 2015-06-22. Experienced: 2013-02-24

From Track point to Fohn Lakes via Fohn Saddle
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Distance: 2.7 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 979m to 1544m. Gain: 726m. Loss: 244m . Gradient: 21 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Prolonged scrambles (4/7)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

Initially in a small gut, the climb to Fohn Pass is fairly simple - go up. As altitude is gained, the pass comes into view - just head for it.

From the pass, climb to the right. Follow a square gut down until the lake come into view then traverse, losing altitude, to the lake. Distributed camping in sheltered tussock is readily available.

Created by: Bernieq on 2015-06-22. Experienced: 2013-02-25

From Fohn Lakes to Park Pass via Hidden Falls Creek
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Distance: 14.6 km (10.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 593m to 1547m. Gain: 1217m. Loss: 1504m . Gradient: 11 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

Cross the lake outlet and circle the knoll to follow the outlet stream down a spur turning right with the stream and descend easily to the Olivine Ledge (1 hr).
On the broad shelf, head towards the knoll at 1200m (with tarn - camp possible) taking great care as many deep channels and holes could easily break a leg of the unwary. From here the terrain becomes more rocky and Fiery Col comes into view.

Cross the TL arm of Fiery Ck and pick up the footpad that climbs to the Col. Descend into the bowl below the col and stay on the TL of the obvious gut. The route down is cairned and stays close to the gut edge.

At the valley floor, cross a stream and stay close to the slope until through Cow Saddle (as the saddle is quite boggy). Once in Hidden Falls valley, travel is (mostly) fastest on the boulders/rocks in the dry river bed (the water is underground) until around the 780m contour.

Pull out of the creek bed on the TR, to avoid forest on the TL, and descend to the treeline at 720m and cross to a track on the TL. Follow the well defined track through a clearing (good campsite) and continue on the TL until a major side stream is crossed. Now look for where the track turns away from Hidden Falls Creek and immediately begins the very steep climb to Park Pass.

Last updated by: Bernieq at 2017-04-30 07:48:46. Experienced: 2013-02-27

From Rock Burn Rock Bivvy to Rock Burn Rock Bivvy via Point 1588/ Park Pass Glacier
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Distance: 3.7 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 1010m to 1575m. Gain: 565m. Loss: 565m . Gradient: 18 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Prolonged scrambles (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Climb up onto Park Pass and cross a small gully. Climb up the slope to the north parallel to a small bluff and then climb westwards through a small gap in the bluff to reach the main ridge line. Climb steeply up the ridge line all the way up, staying away from a drop off on the north side. Grass soon gives way to rock and scree, with the upper part of the climb being all glacial tailings. Theres a great view of the glacier and melt lake (not shown on the map) from Point 1588.

Note: Theres a helicopter landing point southeast of Point 1588. You might have your solitude interrupted up here by heli tourists!

Created by: Yarmoss on 2015-06-11. Experienced: 2014-03-01

From Park Pass to Lake Unknown Bivy Rock via Park Pass Glacier
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Distance: 8.7 km - Unmarked route, hard
Altitude: 1150m to 1815m. Gain: 1020m. Loss: 1040m . Gradient: 14 deg
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) - Streams (2/6) Winter - High avalanche risk, iceaxe/crampons (7/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

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Created by: Icefest on 2015-07-02

From Lake Unknown Bivy Rock to Theater Flat Campspot via Southern Theatre Flat
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Distance: 5.8 km - Unmarked route, clear
Altitude: 756m to 1743m. Gain: 638m. Loss: 1044m . Gradient: 17 deg
Skills: Prolonged scrambles (4/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons, avalanche risk (5/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

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Created by: Icefest on 2015-07-02. Experienced: 2015-07-03

From Theater Flat Campspot to Routeburn Shelter via Rock Burn track and Sugarloaf Pass
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Distance: 10.4 km (5.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 477m to 1155m. Gain: 576m. Loss: 855m . Gradient: 8 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Head down Theatre Flat and follow markers into the bush on the true left of the Rock Burn. A short distance later cross the swing bridge over the river and follow a good quality track all the way down river through bush and flats with good camping. The track climbs up the hill past Point 844 and a sign posted track junction reached which points the way to Sugarloaf Pass. Climb and cross the muddy pass and follow markers down into the bush on the Routeburn side. The track drops steeply all the way down to a signposted junction with the Routeburn Great Walk. Follow the Routeburn to the shelter at the car park.

Created by: Yarmoss on 2015-06-11. Experienced: 2014-03-01


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