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Great views on Avalanche Peak
« on: March 15, 2009, 11:43:13 AM »
Enjoyed some super views doing Avalanche Peak on my first trip to South Island a couple of weeks ago.

Did some great multi day walks in some mixed weather- didn't see much of the Routeburn :-( Caples was better, nearly got stranded on the Young-Wilkin having crossed a river to hut the prev eveining, heavy overnight rain made it virtually impossible to recross the next day (on 2nd attempt was only a few metres from the bank, but with it up to chest height, looking deeper and flowing fairly fast, we decided to turn back), luke warm hot pools on Cedar Flats before finishing with the Cass-Lagoon trip.

Anyway back on topic, did a there and back trip up Avanlanche Peak from Arthurs Pass village using Scotts Track.  In the right weather which it was for us, it's actually a straightforward trip, it took a fraction over 2hrs to the top from the village.  The routes clearly signposted through bush before emerging onto a ridge which is followed all the way to the top.  This section would be exposed to the wind, and last stretch after the steeper Avalanche Peak track joins from the left is a narrow ridge with drops to the right.

From the summit there is excellent views of the Mt Rollaston which has permanent snow glacier and other peaks, plus also across the pass to Mount Temple and others. 

It's well worth diverting to the impressive Devils Punchbowl Falls on the opposite side of the valley on the return, they come out of the sun's shadow in the early afternoon.

I've attached attached a few pics, really lucky with the weather, also a photo of a kea, of which they're were several around the summit area.
« Last Edit: March 15, 2009, 02:24:47 PM by lloydy »

Re: Great views on Avalanche Peak
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2009, 02:21:15 PM »
awesome!!! love to dothis climb one day!