Rabbiting around BenmoreIntermediate - Experienced
Submitted by Michael Stuart
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Back country - remote
Out and Back
Native bushOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
Intermediate - Experienced
Not Suitable (Slow)
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Starting from the Korowai/Torlesse carpark head up Coach Stream track easily making your way to Trig M. From here its all unmarked but you are basically following the tops with a few easy saddles to cross, there is also a worm path most the time that you should be able to easily stick to.
So from Trig M you make your way to the next Peak 'Rabbit Hill'. Drink in the sweet views then drop down into the obvious saddle the other side and then climb up through the trees then scrub back onto the open tops (there is a easy to follow path through the trees). At the top you turn left and its a simple matter of following that ridge up to the next high point where you will find a antenna installation. From here you turn right and take a steep descent to another saddle and then climb the other side and easily make your way along to the top of Mighty Mount Benmore.
After enjoying the views and maybe lunch its time to retrace your steps. At the junction after Trig M you could head back down Coach Stream to the car if you want but I chose to check out the Starvation Gully track and then cruised down Porters Pass to the car (extreme care needs to be taken to stay well away from cars!!!)
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Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 55%
Easy Single Track: 40%
Sealed Road: 5%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
Carpark at the hairpin on Porters Pass
Good idea to have map and compass or even better topo maps on phone or gps unit
Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries, Gaiters.
Only water is at start/finish
Can be very exposed if the winds are up
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