Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Dash, Bash, Splash and Dash Harman Pass

Arthurs Pass, Canterbury

Submitted by Ian Gilmour

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Intermediate - Experienced

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I've done it Done

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Grunt Factor: 77 ?

Gnarl Factor: 53 ?

51.9km

1280m

1827m

1321m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Back country - remote

Point to Point (one way)

Mountainous

Native bush

Riverside

Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup

10%
20%
20%
40%
10%

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +6.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -7.0%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

Not suitable

Slow

11:00

Moderate

6:00

Fast

NOTE: this is just a brief description of a serious alpine undertaking that is not to be taken lightly. Suitable for strong, experienced mountain runners only and definitely NOT in anything but good weather!

Dash up the fast O'Malley Track to Carrington Hut. Bash up the untracked Taipoiti Gorge, over Harman Pass and down into the Taipo, picking up the path before Julia Hut. Splash in the hot springs near Julia Hut. Dash down the Taipo to Dillon's Homestead before picking up the 4WD track to SH73 between Wainihinihi and Jacksons.

There are some untracked sections without waratahs at various places up the Taipoiti and down the Taipo so you need to have your head screwed on with the nav. Main issues are to make sure you go up the Taipoiti (rather than up the White River) and down to the Taipo (rather than up to Whitehorn Pass).

Kea at Harman Pass, waterfalls and cliffs up the Taipoiti Gorge, hot spring near Julia Hut, blue duck in the Taipo.

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Some parking at the both entrances.

10 km

9 minutes

Unknown

No

Moderate.

There are some untracked sections without waratahs at various places up the Taipoiti and down the Taipo so you need to have your head screwed on with the nav. Main issues are to make sure you go up the Taipoiti (rather than up the White River) and down to the Taipo (rather than up to Whitehorn Pass).

Non-existent.

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, Headtorch and spare batteries, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions), Gaiters

Plenty in the rivers that you run next to.

This is an alpine route over Harman Pass, so care needs to be taken in snowy conditions. Avalanche paths cross the track so be careful in Winter and Spring. Take care when the rivers are in flood.

River crossings, avalanches, untracked riverbed travel

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Trail Reviews

Was a great long day out in in late November. I drove to Klondyke the evening before and slept in the car at Klondyke before starting at first light. There was a bit of late snow hanging out at the top of Harman Pass, so be aware if doing early or late in the season. Did it solo and didn't see anyone else on the track so definitely bring a PLB and only do in good weather! Especially with the sections of untracked rock hopping up and down from Harman it can get hairy.

Ian Gilmour

March 8, 2020

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