Altitude: 595m to 1980m. Gain: 2107m. Loss: 2107m . Gradient: 8 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Snow / ice (5/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
Altitude: 596m to 831m. Gain: 294m. Loss: 67m . Gradient: 3 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
A good tramping track once ran up the south Temple to the hut, but the lower section of this has been obliterated by shingle washouts on the valley floor. However, this is still an easy walk.
Follow the marked track upriver, crossing the North Temple after 300m. There is no bridge (maps are outdated), and this can flood after heavy rain. From the western bank, puck up warratah-marked track across shuingle and grassy flats heading upstream on the northern bank of the South Temple. 3km upstream a sidecreek/slip reveals itself as the source of all the shingle, and beyond the valley is more pleasant - grassy terraces and a river confined to its bed. The track improves and is well marked and cut, sidling low on the northern valleyside as far as the hut.
Again, the swingbridge shown on maps at the hut is long since destroyed, and another river crossing is required at the forks to cross to the hut. Again, this is generally knee deep, but can be impassable after a night (or day) of rain. The hut is clearly visible of grassy terraces upstream of the forks on the southern bank of the north fork.
Altitude: 822m to 1067m. Gain: 255m. Loss: 11m . Gradient: 3 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/6) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
A roughly marked track continues north up the north branch of the South Temple from South Temple Hut. The track starts on the true right and becomes more defined once shingle flats are left behind. After about 2km the track crosses to the true left. The crossing was possible after heavy rain - but could be blocked in extreme conditions. It then climbs onto the eastern face, where it continues most of the way to the forks at the valley head basin. Crossing the tributary draining gunsight pass, the track climbs between the 2 forks, before swinging NW towards the large brown-watered tarn.
Altitude: 1073m to 1936m. Gain: 863m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 15 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) - Streams (2/6) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
The marked tramping track up the Sth Temple passes the tarn marked on the map, and deopsits you at the stream just beyond, where it ends. From here follow the streambed upriver towards the pass. Once pas the scrub, going is easy on tussock and later rock. The last 800m to the pass are a steady climb on semi-loose rocky scree, or steep tussock (you choose). The southern scree seemed easier going than that on the northern face.
Altitude: 1636m to 1935m. Gain: 51m. Loss: 347m . Gradient: 8 deg
Skills: Snow / ice (5/7)
From the pass, make a sidling descent to reach V-Notch Pass. Carefully descend until slopes on the TL are traversable. Sidle E on scree until reaching the flattish area N or pt 2126m at about 1650m.
Altitude: 595m to 1980m. Gain: 644m. Loss: 1682m . Gradient: 11 deg
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7)
Travel north east at about 1600-1700m, descending and then climbing out of the two streams to reach a flattish area SW of pt 1936m. Ascend the scree to the ridge. From the ridge, the grassy lead below pt 1760m to the Temple Stream North Branch is obvious. Descend and then work your way around below Rabbiters Peak until reaching the slopes below and just past pt 1760. Some scouting will be needed for a few gullies but it is tramping rather than scrambling. Work your way down the tussock and then the grass lead to the valley floor. Follow the track to the carpark.