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Tarn S-K, Manawatu - Wanganui

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Tarn S-KVery Experienced

Submitted by Seanoa Isaac

Info Info

Trail Information

80.00km

5400m

5300m

 

Manawatu - Wanganui

Eketahuna

Back country - remote

Point to Point (one way)

Very hilly

Native bush
Open ridges/tops

Very Experienced

Not Suitable (Slow)
24:00 (Moderate)
16:00 (Fast)

-10.9%

+12.4%

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Description

A recce of the northern end or Dundas Ridge is advised as well as Tarn Ridge itself. You will need to be capable with map and compass if visibility is poor as the first half is more of a route than a track until Jumbo. In clear weather navigation is fairly straightforward. Recommend to reach out to others who have done the route. Check out Wellington Big Sunday Run Group on Facebook.


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Features of interest

The route covers 8 x 1500m peaks plus a few others like Mt. Holdsworth. You also pass a few graves, Brockett Rocks, the Waiohine Pinnacles and Broken Axe Pinnacles.


Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 40%

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Easy Single Track: 20%


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  • Access

    Head to the Putara road end south west of Eketahuna.

    Not much of a carpark. Don't park in front of the farm gate at the very end. Also Farmer close by has a yappy dog that is relentless once it starts.

    19 km

    25 minutes

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  • Staying Safe

    Extreme.

    Most of the difficult nav is early in the journey especially if you start in the dark. A recce is advised.

    Generally good.

    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, Headtorch and spare batteries, Gaiters.

    Water is usually fine at the huts but pays to check if its been very dry. There are long sections between huts. There are also tarns which are OK if with aquatabs/ filter but also pays to check local knowledge on their condition. You will need to plan your water refills for this.

    Tararua tops can be brutal any time of year and not to be underestimated. Good weather is almost certainly desired as the first half of the route is exposed tops.

    Some sidling and clambering around Waiohine Pinnacles, Girdlestone, North King and Broken Axe Pinnacles is required. Recommend that you are comfortable in this terrain.

  • Post run indulgence

    DIY
    Kaitoke carpark
    Purely up to how you organise support throughout or at the end as you'll be poked and you finish in a dusty car park 20min drive from anything

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