Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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The Not WILD 50 Mile Course

Arrowtown, Otago

Submitted by Rob Bathgate

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Grunt Factor: 204

Gnarl Factor: 80

80.8km

6180m

6180m

1809m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Back country - remote

Loop

Mountainous

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup

2%
3%
5%
20%
30%
40%

Sealed Road

Gravel Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +15.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -15.3%

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Estimated Times to Run

Not suitable

Slow

16:00

Moderate

8:00

Fast

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!

Plenty of parking.

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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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