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!
Three Pass Trip
Note: There is a fresh slip about 20min west of Park Morpeth Hut (400m upstream of Bauckes Creek), if Wilberforce River is too high to cross here it will require a substantial bush-bash to bypass.
TIME : 4-5 DAYS
FEATURES : Three passes and four river valleys and an alpine lake gives lots of variety on this classic tramp.
MAPS : NZTopo50: Otira BV20, Kaniere BV19 (NZMS260: Otira K33, Wilberforce K34, Kaniere J33)
HOW HARD IS IT?
You'll need an ice-axe all year round just in case the snow-fields (Whitehorn Pass) are actually ice, crampons are advisable in winter through to early summer.
You need good river-reading and map-reading skills.
Carrington Hut: 36 bunks
Park Morpeth Hut: 6 bunks
Harman hut: 6 bunks
Grassy Flats Hut: 6 bunks
Please note that in winter to early summer a large ice/snow cornice may appear at the head of the "scree" route onto/off Browning Pass. A very steep rock rib on the true-left is an alternative route however it may be icy or have loose snow, climbing skills may be required!
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