Wintery conditions on tramps
Tramps that head over high altitude ground now have fresh snow and ice! Alpine experience is necessary. Iceaxe & crampons should be carried!
2015 - There is a large slip on track upstream of Scotty's Cableway. The slip has wiped out the steep section of track over the bluff to Scotty's Cableway on the true left of the Taipo River. This extremely steep section is suitable for highly experience users only.
Photo by Richard Strong with thanks!
TIME : 3-4 days
FEATURES : Braided River, Alpine pass on the Main Divide, Rainforest, Hot springs (maybe)
MAP : NZTopo50: Otira BV20, Moana BU20 (NZMS260: Otira K33, Wilberforce K34)
HOW HARD IS IT?
If the White River is low enough ford it near the Clough Cableway. If the White River is too high it is very likely you will have problems in the Taipoiti & Mary Creeks, so using the cableway may not gain you very much.
During December there is still snow on steep head of the Taipoiti This trip requires excellent river reading skills, as there are several difficult rivers to cross. You must have previous experience tramping above the bush-line without a track (route).
You should be aware of the signs and symptons of hypothermia, and be fit.
Don't listen to us..here are the words of a happy tramper..."It is a challenging, relentless series of river crossings, boulder hopping, scree-field scrambles, steep rooted rocky 'trails' and a few bluffs that require basic rock climbing skills"
WHERE DO I START?
Start at Klondyke Corner, 12km south of Arthur's Pass.
Carrington Hut: 36 bunks
Julia Hut: 6 bunks
Mid Taipo Hut: 6 bunks
Dillons Hut: New 10 bunk
So you have an enjoyable and safe time during your visit to Arthur's Pass National Park follow these 5 simple rules...
1. PLAN YOUR TRIP
Seek local knowledge and plan the route you will take and the amount of time you can reasonably expect it to take.
2. TELL SOMEONE
Tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. Visit the AdventureSmart Website to file an intentions form with someone you trust!
3. BE AWARE OF THE WEATHER
New Zealand's weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the forecast and expect weather changes. Check out the Arthur's Pass Weather Forecast here.
4. KNOW YOUR LIMITS
Challenge yourself within your physical limits and experience. Learn safe ways of rescuing others without putting yourself in danger.
5. TAKE SUFFICIENT SUPPLIES
Make sure you have enough food, clothing, equipment and emergency rations for the worst-case scenario. Take an appropriate means of communication.
For more information, visit www.adventuresmart.org.nz/land-adventures