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Dash, Bash, Splash and Dash Harman Pass, Canterbury

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Dash, Bash, Splash and Dash Harman PassIntermediate - Experienced

Submitted by Ian Gilmour

Info Info

Trail Information

51.90km

1280m

1827m

 

Canterbury

Arthurs Pass

Back country - remote

Point to Point (one way)

Mountainous

Native bush
Riverside
Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Intermediate - Experienced

Not Suitable (Slow)
11:00 (Moderate)
6:00 (Fast)

-7.0%

+6.1%

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Description

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).


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Features of interest

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


Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 10%

Technical Single Track: 40%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 20%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%


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  • Access

    Start of O'Malley Track immediately south of the SH73 bridge over the Waimak River.

    Alternative start from the end of the gravel road leading west from Klondyke Corner.

    Some parking at the both entrances.

    10 km

    9 minutes

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    No

  • Staying Safe

    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

  • Post run indulgence

    Sheffield Pie Company
    Sheffield
    Best pies in Canterbury!

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