Distance: 65.9 km (64.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate-hard terrain
Altitude: 198m to 1511m. Gain: 5017m. Loss: 5214m . Gradient: 9 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Prolonged scrambles (4/7) - Occasional rivers (3/5)

Pom's proposed fiordland traverse pt1


Warning: this route segment has not been experienced by the author

Distance: 8.5 km (6.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 417m to 1511m. Gain: 1178m. Loss: 802m . Gradient: 14 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) - Occasional rivers (3/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Moir's South Ed 7 - Route. Pg 190 Falls Creek to Mistake Creek

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Created by: Madpom on 2017-12-31

Distance: 2.1 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate-hard terrain
Altitude: 790m to 1205m. Gain: 426m. Loss: 13m . Gradient: 12 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) - Occasional rivers (3/5)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

There is no track or markers up the west branch of Mistake Creek draining U Pass. Enter the trees on the true right and generally keep within earshot of the stream as you climb the hill. There were deer trails around in April 2016 to follow and the bush, despite being full of ferns, was quite open. After an hour or so the bush begins to open up into scrub so drop down to the stream bank of the west branch and rock hop up the stream for best travel. The daunting waterfall tumbling out of the upper hanging valley points the way.

The following is the way my party went and I went up, it is not necessarily the best way or the way Moirs describes. Study the fearsome line of bluffs to the true left of the waterfall. A large fan, overgrown with light scrub lies to the true left of the line of large pale grey bluffs. Climb up the fan where hard under dark grey bluffs a moderate slope climbs up to the northwest. Climb the slope all the way to the top which takes you above the pale grey bluffs and below a pale grey near vertical rock slope.Sidle southwestwards across very steep terrain, clinging to clumps of tussock, then once past the rock slope climb straight up snow grass until under more dark grey bluffs, and sidle around until the gradient eases off on a kind of grassy ledge. Follow the ledge around until a dry creek bed drops down the hill towards the main stream. Cross the dry creek bed and then climb talus slopes up and into the upper hanging valley, skirting the edge of a bouldery area on the north of the valley mouth.

The climb from the top of the slope above the overgrown fan to the ledge just north of the dry creek bed crosses extremely steep and exposed slopes. A slip would be serious. Instead of climbing as high as possible under the rock slope it MIGHT be a better route to only climb as high as the scrub line above the big grey bluffs then sidle across from there, where a slip would be contained by the scrub.

Connect with the main stream bed on the map which in April 2016 was dry (all the water falling over the waterfall emerged from underground below the lip of the hanging valley) and follow this up valley through the tussock to reach an open flat area for camping between the tarn and the stream. Both of these were dry apart from small pools and possibly dry up entirely some years.

Created by: Yarmoss on 2017-12-31. Experienced: 2016-04-09
Last updated by: Madpom at 2017-12-31 21:58:18. Experienced: 2016-04-09

Distance: 2.8 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate-hard terrain
Altitude: 800m to 1412m. Gain: 207m. Loss: 612m . Gradient: 17 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/5)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

The Mistake Creek side of U Pass is bouldery on the valley floor so head up valley from where you camped but begin to climb and sidle off the valley floor before you reach the slope beneath U Pass. As you enter the valley of U Pass climb straight up the middle on the edge of scree and then tussock higher up until you reach the top of the pass.

The descent into Hut Pass drops steeply down rocky terrain to cross a kind of basin at about 1300m and then its down into a gorge which drops all the way down to the 1000m contour. The stream shown on the map bursts into life suddenly at about 1200m so for most of the decent you are picking your way down either in the stream bed or on the true right avoiding waterfalls. The rocks in the stream are quite slick so watch for those. Down at 1000m the valley opens up and the gradient eases off as you enter the main Hut Creek. The stream from U Pass went underground and the main stream bed in the upper valley was dry in April 2016. Follow the dry stream downvalley to where the creek draining Glade Pass joins from the west.

Created by: Yarmoss on 2016-04-27. Experienced: 2016-04-10
Last updated by: Madpom at 2017-12-31 21:56:57. Experienced: 2016-04-10

Warning: this route segment has not been experienced by the author

Distance: 7.5 km (7.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 213m to 1211m. Gain: 411m. Loss: 998m . Gradient: 11 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Prolonged scrambles (4/7) - Occasional rivers (3/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Route from Moir's South. Ed 7, Pg 193. Hut Creek to Glade Burn via Glade Pass

Created by: Madpom on 2017-12-31

Warning: this route segment has not been experienced by the author

Distance: 6.9 km (10.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear
Altitude: 198m to 1470m. Gain: 1279m. Loss: 775m . Gradient: 17 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Route from Moirs Guide South. Ed 7. Pg 79. Worsley River to Clinton River via Indecision Creek

Created by: Madpom on 2017-12-31

Warning: this route segment has not been experienced by the author

Distance: 6.3 km (8.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear
Altitude: 205m to 714m. Gain: 42m. Loss: 551m . Gradient: 5 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Route from Moir's Guide South. Ed 7. Pg 79. Worsley River to Clinton River via Indecision Creek

Created by: Madpom on 2017-12-31

Warning: this route segment has not been experienced by the author

Distance: 13.6 km (8.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear
Altitude: 200m to 566m. Gain: 397m. Loss: 104m . Gradient: 2 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Route from Moir's Gude Souith. Ed 7. Pg 74. Holdaway Memorial Hut to Worsley Forks

Created by: Madpom on 2017-12-31

Warning: this route segment has not been experienced by the author

Distance: 2.4 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear
Altitude: 493m to 1013m. Gain: 520m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 13 deg (Moderate)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Route from Moir's Guide South. Ed 7. Pg 74. Worsley Forks to Takehe Saddle via Worsley Pass and Head of Wild Natives River

Created by: Madpom on 2017-12-31

Warning: this route segment has not been experienced by the author

Distance: 3.2 km (6.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear
Altitude: 767m to 1364m. Gain: 524m. Loss: 678m . Gradient: 22 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Route from Moir's Gude South Ed 7. Pg 74. Worsley Forks to Takehe Saddle via Worsley Pass and Head of Wild Natives River

Created by: Madpom on 2017-12-31

Warning: this route segment has not been experienced by the author

Distance: 5.2 km (7.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear
Altitude: 399m to 859m. Gain: 10m. Loss: 470m . Gradient: 5 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Route from Moir's Guide South. Pg 82. Takehe Creek to Wild Natives and Worsley Rivers

Created by: Madpom on 2017-12-31

Warning: this route segment has not been experienced by the author

Distance: 4.3 km (2.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear
Altitude: 236m to 395m. Gain: 8m. Loss: 167m . Gradient: 2 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Route from Moir's Guide South, Ed 7. Pg 80. Glaisnock Hut to the Forks

Created by: Madpom on 2017-12-31

Warning: this route segment has not been experienced by the author

Distance: 2.8 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear
Altitude: 207m to 244m. Gain: 15m. Loss: 44m . Gradient: 1 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Route from Moir's Guide South. Ed 7. Pg 80. Glaisnock Hut to the Forks

Created by: Madpom on 2017-12-31

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