(draft) Trip: Dundas-Bann Download GPX
Distance: 28.3 km (17.2 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 341m to 1520m. Gain: 2941m. Loss: 2300m . Gradient: 11 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Prolonged scrambles (4/7) - Streams (2/5) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)


Distance: 3.0 km (1.5 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 341m to 761m. Gain: 440m. Loss: 20m . Gradient: 9 deg (Moderate)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A good benched track leads south from Putara Roadend towards Roaring Stag Lodge / Herepai Hut. The track is not gravelled but otherwise good, easy going and all creeks are bridged.

After a long flat sidle above the river, the track crosses Ruapae Creek, and makes a steady 300m climb to pt770. This section is not platformed, but is a good quality tramping track for most abilities. A signposted marks the junction of tracks to Herepai Hut and Roaring Stag Lodge.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-21. Experienced: 2006-10-01

Distance: 1.4 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 698m to 801m. Gain: 103m. Loss: 64m . Gradient: 7 deg (Moderate)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From pt770, a good marked, cut tramping track drops north to a saddle, before climbing briefly west to reach Herepai Hut.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-21. Experienced: 2006-10-10

Distance: 2.0 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 812m to 1270m. Gain: 478m. Loss: 20m . Gradient: 15 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A cut, marked track climbs steeply through the last of bush and scrub above Herepai Hut. After a hard, steep 200m climb, you emerge on to tussock and gravel tops and the gradient eases. A good ground trail follows the ridgeline up to Herepai Highpoint then west to Ruapae. A cairn on Ruapae summit marks the junction with the Main Range route heading north to Burn Hut.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-20. Experienced: 2006-01-01

Distance: 0.8 km (0.3 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1253m to 1345m. Gain: 92m. Loss: 12m . Gradient: 7 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A gentle climb along a narrow ridgeline of tussock and gravel takes you from Ruapae to East Peak. DOC warn of a section of this ridgeline that is slipping away as a hazard - but it's no worse than many other ridgeline around - just stay off the crumbling eastern face.

East Peak is the junction of the Main Range and Haukura Ridge. A biv used to lie 1.5km down this ridge (now removed) but the route down the ridge an on to either Roaring Stage or Herepai is still usable.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-20. Experienced: 2015-03-20

Distance: 4.4 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 1140m to 1452m. Gain: 431m. Loss: 368m . Gradient: 10 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map
From East Peak to pt1415

Heading due west from East Peak, the Tararuas play a mean trick (to be repeated many times) with a steep descent of over 200m to the saddle between East Peak and West Peak (1335m). Throw away all that hard-earned altitude. The base of the saddle is a bit scrubby, but there's a well worn ground trail, the ascen to f the far side is rocky and good going.

Up high, amidst the tussock, on a narrow ridgeline traversing rocky peaks, we’ve reached the real Tararuas at last. From West peak, heading SW again, a series of climbs and descents follow as the ridge crosses a series of peaks and saddles: Walker (1392m), Pukemoremore (1474m) and pt1415. The gets too little use to form a good ground trail, and going is slowed by rolling tussocks underfoot. At pt1415 a DOC signpost points east to Dundas Hut, clearly visible clinging to the hillside 150m below.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-20. Experienced: 2015-03-20

Distance: 3.9 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1332m to 1486m. Gain: 357m. Loss: 341m . Gradient: 10 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map
From pt1415 to pt1434

From Pt1415 above Dundas Hut, the well-trodden (but unmarked) track continues SW with sharp climbs and descents to Logan (1500m) and Mt Dundas (1499m). Care is required in bad weather on Mt Dundas to select the correct ridge: from the trig point head at 185 degrees, dropping steeply, and avoiding the more obvious ridge which continues a short distance SW before ending in bluffs. There is no obvious ground trail along this section and it is not marked / poled.

From Dundas the ridge continues climbing and falling over a series of small peaks (pt 1437 and pt 1424 being the only ones marked on the map). Pt1424 is the junction with the shark-toothed Bannister Range, joining from the east. A fun, challenging route towards Cattle Ridge / Cow Creek / Blue Range - in good conditions.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-20. Experienced: 2015-03-21

Distance: 1.5 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1294m to 1520m. Gain: 156m. Loss: 254m . Gradient: 16 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

East of Bannister the going improves. Its a steep descent to the saddle, and back up the the Twins, but at least its no longer rock climbing. A long, steep descent follows to the low saddle and a final 100m climb up a broad tussock face to the Main Range at pt1434.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-20. Experienced: 2012-01-21

Distance: 2.1 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 1265m to 1520m. Gain: 282m. Loss: 173m . Gradient: 12 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Prolonged scrambles (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A compass essential in poor visibility on this broken, confusing ridgeline . Heading NW from Waingawa follow the main ridgeline. There are obvious ground trails in places, but Bannister Ridge is tough going. There are many more saddles and peaks than suggested by the map. Between Waingara and Bannister four spots require the use of hands in scrambles / climbs. The first sees you balancing (crawling) along on a 40cm wide knife-edge section of ridgeline. The next two are near vertical climbs. The last is 30m sidle on a 30cm wide shelf on the steep face with bluffs below. The good news is that the rock is stable and leafterleaf provides plenty to hang on to.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-20. Experienced: 2012-01-21
Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-06-20 22:01:55. Experienced: 2012-01-21

Distance: 0.5 km (0.3 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 1353m to 1407m. Gain: 54m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 6 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A moderate climb across tussock tops from the top of the Cow Saddle Track west to Waingawa highpoint. There is no ground trail but the ridgeline is obvious.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-20. Experienced: 2012-01-21

Distance: 3.5 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1131m to 1362m. Gain: 103m. Loss: 325m . Gradient: 7 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

I walked this in thick fog on a bearing. Broad featureless tops lead NNE from the top of the Cow Saddle track towards Cattle Ridge Hut. No obvious ground trail is present but it is easy going on low-to-rolling tussocks. Cattle Ridge Hut lies off the main ridge in a basin to the east. The descent is obvious if you have visibility as the hut can be seen for a kilometer or so before you reach it. In fog it is harder to locate an good map/compass skills are required as the turnoff is not marked.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-21. Experienced: 2010-06-24

Distance: 1.9 km (1.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 429m to 1131m. Gain: 5m. Loss: 703m . Gradient: 22 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: - Streams (2/5)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Roaring Stag Lodge is visible in the valley below Cattle Ridge.

A good but steep cut, marked tramping track drops down the ridge from Cattle Ridge, first through leatherleaf and later through good bush. Steep & slippery - but easy to follow. The river at the base is bridges and the hut is just opposte.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-21. Experienced: 2010-06-24

Distance: 3.0 km (1.5 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 341m to 761m. Gain: 440m. Loss: 20m . Gradient: 9 deg (Moderate)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A good benched track leads south from Putara Roadend towards Roaring Stag Lodge / Herepai Hut. The track is not gravelled but otherwise good, easy going and all creeks are bridged.

After a long flat sidle above the river, the track crosses Ruapae Creek, and makes a steady 300m climb to pt770. This section is not platformed, but is a good quality tramping track for most abilities. A signposted marks the junction of tracks to Herepai Hut and Roaring Stag Lodge.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-21. Experienced: 2006-10-01

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