(draft) Trip: Default
Distance: 37.8 km (27.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 1076m to 1979m. Gain: 3963m. Loss: 3979m . Gradient: 12 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6)


From Glen Roy Raceman's Hut to Remarkables Skifield via Doolans Creek faces
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Distance: 6.6 km (5.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1080m to 1928m. Gain: 894m. Loss: 371m . Gradient: 11 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A straight forward route connects Glen Roy Racemans Hut and the Remarkables Skifield

From Gen Roy Racemans Hut, head briefly upriver to the forks just above the hut and cross the creek to the south bank. Climb the spur between the two forks, and then once on obvious terraces/gentler slopes sidle west on the south side of the northern branch of Doolans. Make a sidling climb to 1600m to get above bluffs / gorges in the valley below. It is possible to continue at this height on gentle faces to the tarns above the corner in the valley.

From the tarns, pick up the obvious spur climbing past pt1771 to saddle 1934. All but the last 50m is a gentle climb, with a brief scramble to the ridgeline. From here an easy but steep descent takes you to the head of ski-runs in the Remarkables Skifield which can be followed down to the carpark.

4hrs

Created by: Madpom on 2019-11-03. Experienced: 2019-11-03

From Two Mile Hut - Remarkables to Glen Roy Raceman's Hut via Heads of Sth Wye, Stewarts, Nevis Doolans
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Distance: 15.0 km (12.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1076m to 1979m. Gain: 1724m. Loss: 2110m . Gradient: 15 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A long 5-pass route connects Two Mile and Glen Roy Racemans Huts.

From Two Mile, head briefly upstream and climb north to the saddle into the South Wye at pt1659. From the saddle climb east up the ridgeline until the gradient eases and then follow gentle basins / slopes west at around 1900m, staying below bluffs to pass pt2075 on the north side.

A steep descent from the saddle north of pt2075 takes you down to a small tarn at the head of Stewarts Creek. From here a gentle climb through scree basins leads NW to the saddle into the Nevis (between pt2050 and pt2127).

Descend into the Nevis, swinging west with the valley but losing no further altitude, sidling the north valleyside at around 1400. Make a sidling climb over the next 2km to swing north into the 1st main side-valley on terraces to its west. These terraces lead to the outlet of the tarn at its head, where a 200m moderate climb leads to the pass into Doolans Creek (Left Branch) between pt2010 and pt 2026.

Follow the spur north down into the Doolans, and then head 500m upriver to where a side-valley enters from the north. Climb the spur to the east of the waterfalls that drain the valley. I continued up the spur, keeping above tussock, and sidled a gentle gradient to the pass at it's head. The creek is another option once above the initial falls, but looked to be slow going with tall tussock.

A 4WD track runs along the ridgeline between the Left and Right Branch of Doolans Creek. Follow it briefly west and then descend the steepening spur directly to Glen Roy Racemans Hut. Sections of bluff lower on the spur can be bypassed to the east.

8 hard hrs

Created by: Madpom on 2019-11-03. Experienced: 2019-11-02

Distance: 10.2 km (7.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1293m to 1946m. Gain: 957m. Loss: 797m . Gradient: 10 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Ascend from the Wye Valley to the pass south of pt2990. If coming down-valley, a sidle from 5km upriver avoids all the steep stuff. Otherwise a direct ascent of the spur leading to pt2127 is a steep but viable option. Stay below bluffs at about 1600m and sidle down-valley past pt 2071, pt2090, then once gentler slopes appear above sidle / climb to the saddle south of pt2090.

The descent to the outlet of Lake Hope is far steeper then indicated by the map, and bluffs appeared to block the way at the northern end of the saddle. However, reasonable steep slopes (snow when I visited in November) descended from the south end of the saddle to the valley floor.

Follow the South Wye downstream until the corner where it swings west. From here sidle the south face of the valley at around 1500m until a clear route to the saddle at pt1659 is visible, and then make the climb to the saddle. An easy descent takes you down into Two Mile Creek. Two Mile Hut is about 800m downriver in the next basin downstream.

Created by: Madpom on 2019-11-03. Experienced: 2019-11-01

Distance: 6.0 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 1286m to 1971m. Gain: 388m. Loss: 701m . Gradient: 11 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the Remarkable skifield base climb parallel to the main lift and swing SW into the basin containing Lake Alta. The low saddle to the Wye is obvious accessed by ascending south from the lake outlet. The head of the Wye is a large gentle basin - filled with snow on my visit. after 2.5km the creek descends to a deep broad valley by way of waterfalls. The route down is cairned on the true left (east) of the creek. From here downstream progress is steady on tussock valley floor.
A second smaller step down in the valley is reached after 1km. It is possible to make a sidling climb from the head of this step to the saddle south of pt2090 into the South Wye at Lake Hope.

Created by: Madpom on 2019-11-03. Experienced: 2019-11-01


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