Altitude: 0m to 2003m. Gain: 13930m. Loss: 14091m . Gradient: 5 deg (Steep)
Skills: Prolonged scrambles (4/7) - Prolonged rivers (4/6) Winter - High avalanche risk, snow/ice underfoot (6/7)
A moderately hard tramping trip crossing the north of the South Island. Taking in the Seaward Kaikoura Range, Inland Kaikoura Range, Molesworth Station, Nelson Lakes, Matiri Forest Park and Kahurangi Forest Park, this si a diverse trip.
The trip is on public land or easements throughout, and is a mixture of tramping tracks and unmarked routes.
The trip as described below crosses the Rainbow Pass. This is a hard / very hard tramping scramble with exposure to serious falls. It is not recommended to anyone unless you have good experience in such alpine situations. The Paske Saddle- Clarence Saddle - Upper Eastern Sabine route is recommended over the one described here for this section, described by others as a straight forward crossing on scree saddles. I will write it up once I have walked it.