7 Pass trip

Trip
Date Start: 
Sat, 19.01.2019
Destination: 
7 Pass trip
Private: 
No
Duration: 
12d
Description: 

Arthur's Pass has its 3 pass trip, and Southland has its 5 pass trip; Nelson Lakes lends itself perfectly to a 7 pass trip. Link the Travers, Sabine and D'Urville valleys (with small incursions into the Waiau and Matakitaki ) by crossing Travers Saddle, Waiau, Thompson and D'Urville Passes, David Saddle, and Moss and Gunsight Passes. 7 days tramping of 5 to 10 hour days. Allow up to 2 extra days for rest or weather. Tents required for 2 nights; maybe more if huts are busy. Ice axes and crampons are not required. Agility on rough ground is required. Start and/or finish the trip with the Rotoiti water taxi ($30 each way). Celebrate NTC's 85th birthday with a notable trip in our backyard. 

Flexible start date to time fine weather for the first 5 crossings (4 days). There are plenty of alternative routes if inclement conditions are encountered. If snow is persisting on the passes the trip will be postponed.

Grading
Scale determination: 
Calculation
Distance: 
20km
Climb: 
1400m
Track: 
0.9
Overnight Pack: 
Overnight pack on hardest day.
Cost
Cost: 
$22
Sealed: 
152 km
Unsealed: 
0 km