Length: from 7.0 up to 8.0 days
Distance: 65.0 km (64.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, hard - Hard terrain
Altitude: 377m to 2572m. Gain: 5762m. Loss: 5786m . Gradient: 10 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Glacier travel required (7/7) - Prolonged rivers (4/6)

Off-track tramping and mountaineering circumnavigating Sir William Peak.


Distance: 6.5 km (2.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy terrain
Altitude: 473m to 521m. Gain: 107m. Loss: 127m . Gradient: 2 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Prolonged rivers (4/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the trailhead at Muddy Creek, the track descends to the valley floor. Although remaining on the TL, the track crosses several side streams - keeping your boots dry is not an option.

Poles assist your passage past a boggy section at Arthurs Creek, about 2km from the start of the tramp. Otherwise, it's a pleasant stroll (in good weather) up the grassy valley.

Last updated by: Bernieq at 2015-07-08 04:09:26. Experienced: 2009-04-12

From Twenty five mile turnoff to Earnslaw Hut via Earnslaw Track
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Distance: 2.5 km (1.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 507m to 926m. Gain: 436m. Loss: 20m . Gradient: 11 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A poled route leaves the Rees-Dart track and crosses the Rees about 1km north of Twenty Five Mile creek and leads to the bushedge below Kea Basin.Once in the bush a good cut, marked track zigzags far more than the topo map indicates as it climbs onto the marshy, clear knob at pt777. A second shorter climb follows to a marked track junction. Earnslaw Hut is 20m down the right-hand track. The lefthand track continues to zigzag for another 200m before emerging from the bush into Kea Basin. The first of many rock bivs is located just left of (below) the track as you emerge into the basin proper.

Created by: Madpom on 2018-01-16. Experienced: 2018-01-13

NZTM2000: 1238883, 5048944

Basic Hut/bivvy

Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-07-17 20:31:07

From Earnslaw Hut to Kea Biv via Track
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Distance: 0.6 km (0.5 DOC hours)
Altitude: 937m to 1064m. Gain: 127m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 13 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Follow track.

Last updated by: Megturnbull at 2021-03-03 23:47:40. Experienced: 2011-04-23

NZTM2000: 1238495, 5049289 (alt: 1063m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-02-21. Experienced: 2011-04-23

From Kea Biv to Hunter Creek West & South Branch Junction via High level traverse
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Distance: 5.6 km (6.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 1056m to 1719m. Gain: 685m. Loss: 573m . Gradient: 13 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Follow ground trail on the Esquilant Biv track until the giant cairn at around 1650m, traverse north (scree/tussock) to reach ridge above Hunter Creek South Branch. Descend ridge and cut back left on easy slopes to reach the South Branch. Some short scrub sections to reach the river flats.

Last updated by: Megturnbull at 2021-03-03 23:47:31. Experienced: 2011-04-24



NZTM2000: 1238883, 5048944

Basic Hut/bivvy

Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-07-17 20:31:07

NZTM2000: 1238495, 5049289 (alt: 1063m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-02-21. Experienced: 2011-04-23

NZTM2000: 1237410, 5053226 (alt: 1168m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-02-21. Experienced: 2011-04-24

NZTM2000: 1237410, 5053226 (alt: 1168m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-02-21. Experienced: 2011-04-24


NZTM2000: 1237410, 5053226 (alt: 1168m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-02-21. Experienced: 2011-04-24

Distance: 1.2 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear
Altitude: 1168m to 1616m. Gain: 448m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 21 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Climb moraine wall and follow along top of wall. Follow stream to reach flatter area at about 1600m.

Last updated by: Megturnbull at 2021-03-03 23:47:31. Experienced: 2015-04-24

NZTM2000: 1238356, 5053880 (alt: 1616m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-02-21. Experienced: 2015-04-24


NZTM2000: 1237410, 5053226 (alt: 1168m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-02-21. Experienced: 2011-04-24

NZTM2000: 1238356, 5053880 (alt: 1616m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-02-21. Experienced: 2015-04-24

NZTM2000: 1238356, 5053880 (alt: 1616m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-02-21. Experienced: 2015-04-24

NZTM2000: 1238356, 5053880 (alt: 1616m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-02-21. Experienced: 2015-04-24

From Mt Head Campsite to Mt Head via Grant Glacier
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Distance: 3.6 km (8.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, hard
Altitude: 1627m to 2572m. Gain: 965m. Loss: 20m . Gradient: 16 deg
Skills: Glacier travel required (7/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Gain flattish slopes at about 1720m and traverse to reach the Grant Glacier. Ascend glacier to about 2400m and climb steeply to south ridge of Mt Head and Jura Glacier. Ascend glacier and then summit pyramid.

Last updated by: Megturnbull at 2021-03-03 23:47:31. Experienced: 2015-04-25

NZTM2000: 1237028, 5056135 (alt: 2572m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-02-21. Experienced: 2015-04-25



NZTM2000: 1237028, 5056135 (alt: 2572m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-02-21. Experienced: 2015-04-25

From Mt Head to Mt Head Campsite via Grant Glacier
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Distance: 3.6 km (8.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, hard
Altitude: 1627m to 2572m. Gain: 20m. Loss: 965m . Gradient: 16 deg
Skills: Glacier travel required (7/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

Gain flattish slopes at about 1720m and traverse to reach the Grant Glacier. Ascend glacier to about 2400m and climb steeply to south ridge of Mt Head and Jura Glacier. Ascend glacier and then summit pyramid.

Last updated by: Megturnbull at 2021-03-03 23:47:31. Experienced: 2015-04-25

Distance: 1.2 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear
Altitude: 1168m to 1616m. Gain: 0m. Loss: 448m . Gradient: 21 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

Climb moraine wall and follow along top of wall. Follow stream to reach flatter area at about 1600m.

Last updated by: Megturnbull at 2021-03-03 23:47:31. Experienced: 2015-04-24

From Hunter Creek West & South Branch Junction to Bedford Valley via Unnamed col between Cerberus & pt2321
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Distance: 7.0 km (8.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, hard - Hard terrain
Altitude: 1163m to 2148m. Gain: 1010m. Loss: 559m . Gradient: 13 deg
Skills: Prolonged scrambles (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Follow Moir's description.

Last updated by: Megturnbull at 2021-03-03 23:47:31. Experienced: 2015-04-26


NZTM2000: 1235585, 5049512

Basic Hut/bivvy

Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-07-17 20:31:07

NZTM2000: 1237410, 5053226 (alt: 1168m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-02-21. Experienced: 2011-04-24

From Bedford Valley to Esquilant Bivvy Hut via Shepherds Pass, O'Leary Peak & Wright Col
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Distance: 4.8 km (8.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, hard
Altitude: 1614m to 2558m. Gain: 975m. Loss: 327m . Gradient: 16 deg
Skills: Snow / ice (5/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Ascend stream directly to Shepherds Pass. Scramble up unlikely-looking ledges in a zigzag fashion on the west side of the ridge in the direction of O'Leary Peak to reach to ridge 100m or so above the pass. Ascend easy scree/snow to Luncheon Col. O'Leary Peak easy scree/snow to summit.
Descend Luncheon Col, we did not take the best route and descended almost directly, this involved steep downclimbing (belayed) just above and crossing the shrund to the Birley Glacier proper. The better route (as we saw from below and as marked on the topo) would be to traverse/descend SW before cutting back in an SE direction down a broader spur to reach the glacier proper.
Easy travel across Wright Col to the Biv.

Last updated by: Megturnbull at 2021-03-03 23:47:34. Experienced: 2015-04-27

NZTM2000: 1233608, 5050543 (alt: 1614m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-02-21. Experienced: 2015-04-26


NZTM2000: 1235585, 5049512

Basic Hut/bivvy

Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-07-17 20:31:07

From Esquilant Bivvy Hut to Tarn at pt 1445 via Esquilant Biv route
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Distance: 3.0 km (3.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 1421m to 2268m. Gain: 16m. Loss: 857m . Gradient: 17 deg
Skills: Glacier travel required (7/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Follow Esquilant Biv/Wright Col descent route as per Moirs to reach the tarn near Pt 1445.

Last updated by: Megturnbull at 2021-03-03 23:47:34. Experienced: 42015-08-29

NZTM2000: 1238156, 5050101 (alt: 1421m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-02-21. Experienced: 2015-04-28

From Tarn at pt 1445 to Lennox Pass via High level traverse
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Distance: 4.6 km (5.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, hard - Hard terrain
Altitude: 1404m to 1695m. Gain: 411m. Loss: 146m . Gradient: 7 deg
Skills: Mountaineering (6/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Traverse the wide tussock shelf past tarns to reach Lennox Creek. The creek is a deep gorge and it requires scouting to find a route across and down the other side. It also requires climbing and abseiling ability is an exposed situation. We ascended 100-150m to a rocky buttress, stepped across the gorge, followed by a 5m belayed vertical climb to another rocky outcrop. Then two abseils (one about 20m off a wire, second about 30m off some boulders) to reach the walkable tussock shelf/slope. We then kept the height and traversed until we could make a rising traverse to Lennox Pass. It would probably have been smarter to descend 100-150m on the slopes below pt 2026 to avoid some steeper craggier sections.

Last updated by: Megturnbull at 2021-03-03 23:47:34. Experienced: 2015-04-28

NZTM2000: 1237463, 5045883 (alt: 1695m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-02-21. Experienced: 2015-04-28

From Lennox Pass to Earnslaw Burn carpark via Ridge traverse
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Distance: 12.1 km (8.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 380m to 1935m. Gain: 350m. Loss: 1671m . Gradient: 10 deg
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Follow the ridge south, at times descended to the west side to traverse steep sections.

Last updated by: Megturnbull at 2021-03-03 23:47:35. Experienced: 2015-04-29

NZTM2000: 1236647, 5035655 (alt: 377m)

Public carpark (unsignposted) on true left of Earnslaw Burn

Last updated by: Madpom at 2018-01-16 03:57:32. Experienced: 2018-01-13

NZTM2000: 1241062, 5040819 (alt: 519m)

Last updated by: Madpom at 2018-01-17 01:55:30. Experienced: 2018-01-12

Distance: 8.8 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Road
Altitude: 377m to 519m. Gain: 212m. Loss: 73m . Gradient: 2 deg
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Cross farmland, Rees River to join the road back to the Rees Valley roadend.

Last updated by: Megturnbull at 2021-03-03 23:47:35. Experienced: 2015-04-29


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