Length: from 8.0 up to 10.0 days
Distance: 46.4 km (51.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 92m to 2458m. Gain: 3825m. Loss: 4237m . Gradient: 10 deg (Steep)
Skills: Glacier travel required (7/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6)


Distance: 0.0 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 508m to 756m. Gain: 313m. Loss: 237m . Gradient: 56 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

The line is only a sketch. Access varies with the river conditions.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-08-21 17:59:47

Distance: 0.0 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 594m to 688m. Gain: 94m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 20 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

The line is only a sketch. Access up the riverbed varies with the river conditions.

Alternative sections of 4WD track climb the southern valleyside to bypass river crossings if flows are high. Slower but dry. No crossings of the main river are required but several sidestreams must be crossed, including The Growler. These were 'dry feet' crossings after 12hrs of light rain when I visited.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-08-21 18:05:17

From Growler Hut to St Winifreds Hut via 4wd track
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Distance: 0.0 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 680m to 879m. Gain: 218m. Loss: 20m . Gradient: -6 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

The line is only a sketch. Access varies with the river conditions.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-08-21 18:01:26

NZTM2000: 1412429, 5190262

Basic Hut/bivvy

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

From St Winifreds Hut to Dummy Col via Eric Stream
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Distance: 6.2 km (4.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 889m to 1886m. Gain: 997m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 9 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Snow / ice (5/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Cross St Winifred Stream and follow Eric Stream to Dummy Col, generally on the TL.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-24. Experienced: 2016-01-12

NZTM2000: 1407234, 5189620 (alt: 1886m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-24. Experienced: 2015-01-12

From Dummy Col to Unnamed Col between McClure Peak & pt 2245m via Glacier on NW slopes of McClure Peak
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Distance: 1.4 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear
Altitude: 1886m to 2140m. Gain: 318m. Loss: 64m . Gradient: 16 deg
Skills: Glacier travel required (7/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

We chose to ascend the slopes to a point above Hidden Col; this then required descent to pass under the icefall from McClure Peak. It may be better to cross Hidden Col itself. Traverse to below the unnamed col and ascend steeply (there was a 15m rock step in Jan 2015 that required scrambling).

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-24. Experienced: 2015-01-13

NZTM2000: 1406408, 5188663 (alt: 2135m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-24. Experienced: 2015-01-13

Distance: 0.7 km (2.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 2135m to 2458m. Gain: 323m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 28 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Mountaineering (6/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Straight forward snow and rock until a steeper section below a false summit. A short rock step required the rope to reach the summit.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-24. Experienced: 2015-01-13

NZTM2000: 1407024, 5188467 (alt: 2458m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-24. Experienced: 2015-01-13


Distance: 0.7 km (2.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 2135m to 2458m. Gain: 0m. Loss: 323m . Gradient: 28 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Mountaineering (6/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

Straight forward snow and rock until a steeper section below a false summit. A short rock step required the rope to reach the summit.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-24. Experienced: 2015-01-13

Distance: 1.6 km (2.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 2135m to 2293m. Gain: 200m. Loss: 42m . Gradient: 9 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Mountaineering (6/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Traverse under pt 2245m to the slopes on Dennistoun. Work your way up through several schrunds to reach the summit.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-24. Experienced: 2015-01-13

NZTM2000: 1405190, 5188237 (alt: 2304m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-24. Experienced: 2015-01-13

From Dennistoun Peak to NW Ridge Malthus Peak via Northern Slopes
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Distance: 0.6 km (3.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 2033m to 2293m. Gain: 48m. Loss: 260m . Gradient: 29 deg
Skills: Mountaineering (6/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Descend the NW slopes of Dennistoun Peak. Continue a descending traverse with a large shrund to reach the slopes below Malthus Peak. Traverse to the shoulder NW of Malthus.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-24. Experienced: 2015-01-13

NZTM2000: 1404631, 5188519 (alt: 2081m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-24. Experienced: 2015-01-13

From NW Ridge Malthus Peak to Mt Shyness via Little Amherst Glacier
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Distance: 3.0 km (3.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 1905m to 2332m. Gain: 429m. Loss: 178m . Gradient: 12 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Glacier travel required (7/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Descend to Stewart Saddle and traverse to the Little Amherst Glacier. Ascend to the low point E of pt 2337m. Cross flattish slopes to gain the W ridge of Shyness.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-24. Experienced: 2015-01-14

NZTM2000: 1404167, 5190038 (alt: 2332m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-24. Experienced: 2015-01-14


NZTM2000: 1406408, 5188663 (alt: 2135m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-24. Experienced: 2015-01-13

From Mt Shyness to NW Ridge Malthus Peak via Little Amherst Glacier
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Distance: 3.0 km (3.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 1905m to 2332m. Gain: 178m. Loss: 429m . Gradient: 12 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Glacier travel required (7/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

Descend to Stewart Saddle and traverse to the Little Amherst Glacier. Ascend to the low point E of pt 2337m. Cross flattish slopes to gain the W ridge of Shyness.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-24. Experienced: 2015-01-14

NZTM2000: 1404774, 5188332 (alt: 2185m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-24. Experienced: 2015-01-15


Distance: 0.4 km (2.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 2081m to 2185m. Gain: 104m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 15 deg
Skills: Mountaineering (6/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Climb the steepening snow on the W face to reach the rocky summit ridge.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-24. Experienced: 2015-01-15

NZTM2000: 1404631, 5188519 (alt: 2081m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-24. Experienced: 2015-01-13

Distance: 0.4 km (2.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 2081m to 2185m. Gain: 0m. Loss: 104m . Gradient: 15 deg
Skills: Mountaineering (6/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

Climb the steepening snow on the W face to reach the rocky summit ridge.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-24. Experienced: 2015-01-15


From NW Ridge Malthus Peak to Scone Hut via Bettison Stream
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Distance: 8.8 km (10.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 397m to 2081m. Gain: 266m. Loss: 1923m . Gradient: 15 deg (Steep)
Skills: Snow / ice (5/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Canterbury/Westland guide has a good description of this route. The descent to the Bettison Lake is straight forward until a final rocky buttress. Careful route finding was needed with some down-climbing. After the first 20-30m, the descent was by zig-zagging on good rocky ledges.
Bettison Stream is followed on TR before making an ascending traverse above the scrub. There is a large cairn on the ridgeline at the edge of the boulder field. Traverse the boulder field, there were not many cairns in 2015 until the latter parts of the traverse; don't be tempted to descend. The marker poles for the start of the track only came into sight about 50m above them. The track is steep but well marked.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-24. Experienced: 2015-01-15

NZTM2000: 1404631, 5188519 (alt: 2081m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-24. Experienced: 2015-01-13

NZTM2000: 1403028, 5194481

Standard Hut

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

From Scone Hut to Nolans Hut via Perth River Track
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Distance: 8.7 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 183m to 430m. Gain: 132m. Loss: 342m . Gradient: 3 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Follow the track.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-08. Experienced: 2012-01-03

From Nolans Hut to Whataroa Perth Bridge via Perth River Track
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Distance: 3.8 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 148m to 300m. Gain: 154m. Loss: 208m . Gradient: 5 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Follow the track.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-08. Experienced: 2012-01-03

From Whataroa Perth Bridge to Whataroa road end via Whataroa track
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Distance: 7.0 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 92m to 148m. Gain: 51m. Loss: 107m . Gradient: 1 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Follow the track.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-03-08. Experienced: 2012-01-03


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