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The Not WILD 50 Mile Course, Otago

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The Not WILD 50 Mile CourseExperienced

Submitted by Rob Bathgate

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80.80km

6180m

6180m

 

Otago

Arrowtown

Back country - remote

Loop

Mountainous

Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Experienced

Not Suitable (Slow)
16:00 (Moderate)
8:00 (Fast)

-15.3%

+15.3%

Please notify The Not WILD team by email at mal@thewild100.co.nz if you intend to run this route and they will sort permissions for you. Tell them the day you intend to run and the names of any others in your party.

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Description

This is the full 50 mile course other than the 6k of MTB trail after Coronet Peak Ski Area. These trails are off limits and instead you will need to run the road to Skippers Saddle (3.5k of seal and 500m of gravel).

Most suitable for:
Experienced mountain runners who are comfortable on technical terrain and capable of route finding over untracked, unmarked terrain. A very high level of fitness required.

Navigation:
Reasonably straightforward in clear visibility but very tricky if the cloud is down over the ridges. Finding the high river route down the Arrow River can also be tricky due to spring growth obscuring the marker poles, but the main 4WD road is an easy alternative if you don’t mind wet feet (lots of shallow river crossings)

Peaks to be bagged:
Mt Dewar 1310m (very short detour), Vanguard Peak 1781m, Advance Peak 1749m (short detour), Brow Peak 1456m

Trail Conditions:
A bit of everything (even some road!) but the defining characteristic is rough, off-track travel and exposed ridges. Go prepared!


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Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 40%

Technical Single Track: 30%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 5%

Gravel Road: 3%

Sealed Road: 2%


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  • Access

    The Fork and Tap pub in Arrowtown.

    Plenty of parking.

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  • Staying Safe

    Moderate.

    Reasonably straightforward in clear visibility but very tricky if the cloud is down over the ridges. Finding the high river route down the Arrow River can also be tricky due to spring growth obscuring the marker poles, but the main 4WD road is an easy alternative if you don’t mind wet feet (lots of shallow river crossings)

    Unknown.

    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.

    There is limited drinking water on the route. We recommend setting off with at least 2 litres of fluid and topping up at Coronet Peak Ski Area, Greengate Hut (stream crossing), Deep Creek, Vanguard Hut and Soho Creek. There may be clean running water in a few other spots too – use your own judgement!

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