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Bealey - Avalanche Traverse, Canterbury

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Bealey - Avalanche TraverseExperienced

Submitted by Daniel Redmond

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Arthurs Pass

Front country - easily accessible



Native bush
Open ridges/tops


Not Suitable (Slow)
4:30 (Moderate)
3:00 (Fast)



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Head south along the main road to the Rough Creek bridge. Cross, and turn right up Mount Bealey Rd. At the end of the road the track starts climbing steeply into the bush. Track marking finishes at the bushline, from there stay on the main ridge and consult the map. The most technical section is between Mt Bealey and Pt 1778. After 1778, it is runnable all the way to join the tourists on Avalanche Peak. Pick up the poled route off the summit and down the left spur (Scotts track) all the way to the road. From the road, it is a short jog back through the village to the carpark

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Features of interest

Kea, Alpine ridges

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 50%

Technical Single Track: 35%

Moderate Single Track: 0%

Easy Single Track: 0%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%

Gravel Road: 0%

Sealed Road: 15%

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  • Access

    DOC Visitor Centre in Arthur's Pass Village

    Large carpark with public toilets. Daily bus and train from Christchurch and the West Coast

    1 km

    1 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    In poor visibility, you may need to take a bearing to descend off the high points in the right direction


    Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Compass, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions), Gaiters.

    No water on the ridge

    Full snow gear and the knowledge of how to use it required in winter. In high wind or low visibility would not be a good trip.

    Very exposed between Mt Bealey and pt 1778. If you don't like the look of this ridge, turn back at Mt Bealey

  • Post run indulgence

    Arthurs Pass Cafe and Store
    Arthur's Pass Village

    The Wobbly Kea
    Arthur's Pass Village

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