Bealey - Avalanche TraverseExperienced
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Front country - easily accessible
Native bushOpen ridges/tops
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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%
DOC Visitor Centre in Arthur's Pass Village
Large carpark with public toilets. Daily bus and train from Christchurch and the West Coast
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
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