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French Ridge Hut Reflection

French Ridge Hut

French Ridge Hut

This new hut is located on the summer snowline on French Ridge, near the head of the Matukituki Valley West ...   More ▶︎
French Ridge Hut at night

French Ridge Hut at night

210 second exposure @ f / 4.0, 17mm   More ▶︎
Gloomy Gorge

Gloomy Gorge

Viewed from the French Ridge Track, with Mount Avalanche in the background.   More ▶︎
Mount Avalanche avalanche

Mount Avalanche avalanche

Viewed from the French Ridge Track. Avalanches from here, from Rob Roy Peak, or from peaks across the valley can ...   More ▶︎
Head of the Matukituki Valley West Branch

Head of the Matukituki Valley West Branch

Viewed from French Ridge Track.   More ▶︎
Liverpool Hut

Liverpool Hut

Viewed from the French Ridge Track across the valley   More ▶︎
French Ridge Hut

French Ridge Hut

This NZAC hut is located on the summer snowline near Mount Aspiring.   More ▶︎
French Ridge

French Ridge

A steep climb to the snowline in the West Matukituki.   More ▶︎
Mount Avalanche

Mount Avalanche

Sunset view from French Ridge Hut   More ▶︎
French Ridge Track

French Ridge Track

The French Ridge Track features tangled roots, steep gradients, and clambering down rock walls.   More ▶︎

Scotts Rock Biv

Located at the head of the Matukituki River West Branch, beyond Pearl Flat. The biv is 500m upstream of the upper ...   More ▶︎
Pearl Flat to Scott's Bivvy

Pearl Flat to Scott's Bivvy

A new track has been cut through bush up the true left of the Matukituki river from Pearl Flat to ...   More ▶︎
Mmmmmm tasty

Mmmmmm tasty

While stopping for a rest on the way back down to the hut a flock of thirteen Keas drop in ...   More ▶︎
Rock Formations on French Ridge

Rock Formations on French Ridge

Interesting formations on the way up the ridge to the Quarterdeck glacier.   More ▶︎
Mt French

Mt French

Dawn reveals an overnight dusting of snow covers Mt French and the Quarterdeck glacier.   More ▶︎
Scotts Bivvy

Scotts Bivvy

Standing on top of the Bivvy. The head of the valley beyond   More ▶︎
Scotts Bivvy

Scotts Bivvy

The floor was too damp to sit on   More ▶︎
Scotts Bivvy

Scotts Bivvy

A poor shelter for two people. Beware of the resident stream within the bivvy when it rains   More ▶︎
West Matukituki from Liverpool hut

West Matukituki from Liverpool hut

Looking down valley from the hut, Rob Roy Peak dominates above Shovel Flat, the Cascade Saddle is visible in the ...   More ▶︎
Liverpool hut

Liverpool hut

The new (2009) 10 bunk Liverpool hut beneath Mt Barff.   More ▶︎
Views from Liverpool hut

Views from Liverpool hut

The triangle of Mt Aspiring pokes above the skyline to the left, with Mt French and French Ridge in the ...   More ▶︎
Liverpool Hut

Liverpool Hut

Liverpool Hut commands and excellent view down the West Matukituki Vallet   More ▶︎
Gloomy Gorge

Gloomy Gorge

An 800 odd metre drop off seperates French Ridge from Gloomy Gorges floor.   More ▶︎
Liverpool Hut toilet

Liverpool Hut toilet

View from the drop toilet at Liverpool Hut   More ▶︎
Liverpool Hut From Behind

Liverpool Hut From Behind

view of liverpool hut from behind ..mt apiring to the Left   More ▶︎
Liverpool Hut

Liverpool Hut

-Makeshift Campsite 200 meters from Liverpool Hut -Hut was full so we could not sleep there but we did cook there   More ▶︎
Liverpool Hut

Liverpool Hut

Located on the steep lower slopes of Mount Barff, this hut offers striking views and a route to the Arawhata ...   More ▶︎
Liverpool Hut

Liverpool Hut

The Peach of West Matukituki Valley   More ▶︎
The Quarterdeck Glacier

The Quarterdeck Glacier

Taken from the last rock outcrop at the base of the glacier at around about the 1860m mark, Mt French ...   More ▶︎
Shovel Flat in the West Matukituki

Shovel Flat in the West Matukituki

A beutiful spot with heaps of great camping sites, French Ridge is the major ridge descending to the valley floor ...   More ▶︎
Mt Aspiring

Mt Aspiring

from Cascade saddle (April 2009)   More ▶︎
Is Aspiring erupting?

Is Aspiring erupting?

The sunset behind Mt.Aspiring provides some interesting effect.   More ▶︎
Haast to The Divide

Haast to The Divide

Andrew Barker's traverse 2009. From Pleasant Flat in the Haast to The Divide via Mt Aspiring National Park.   More ▶︎

Matukituki to Paradise by roads less travelled

A rough, tough crossing from Raspberry Flat (Aspiring Road, Wanaka) to the Earnslaw Burn (Glenorchy-Paradise road) via Shotover Saddle, Lochnagar, ...   More ▶︎
Mount Aspiring National Park

Mount Aspiring National Park

The third-largest national park, although most of its space is under-utilised. The Routeburn is the second busiest trail in New ...   More ▶︎
Aspiring Hut

Aspiring Hut

This historic hut in the West Matukituki Valley was constructed of local schist, and opened at Easter 1949. Situated immediately ...   More ▶︎
Aspiring Hut

Aspiring Hut

This 1949 hut is constructed from local schist.   More ▶︎
Mount Aspiring

Mount Aspiring

Peering over the shoulder of Rob Roy Peak, late afternoon, Aspiring Hut.   More ▶︎
Cascade Saddle Route from Aspiring Hut

Cascade Saddle Route from Aspiring Hut

The route does not actually cross the saddle, but follows the rugged spur in the top centre of this photograph, ...   More ▶︎
Olivine Wilderness Area

Olivine Wilderness Area

Remote country in the Olivine Range. The wilderness area includes the Red Hills, the Olivine Ice Plateau, and the Joe ...   More ▶︎
Colin Todd Hut

Colin Todd Hut

This 1996 hut replaced the original, constructed in 1960. It was named after one of the best-known Post-War New Zealand ...   More ▶︎
Colin Todd Hut

Colin Todd Hut

Perched on the side of Mt Aspiring above the Bonar Glacier, Colin Todd Hut serves as a base for climbers. ...   More ▶︎

Arawhata Rock Biv

Rock bivouac in the upper Arawhata River.   More ▶︎

Cascade Saddle Route

2.5 Day traverse from Wanaka to Glenorchy   More ▶︎
Dart Glacier

Dart Glacier

on the way to Cascade saddle, the weather just perfect (April 2009)   More ▶︎
Dart Glacier

Dart Glacier

Frozen South Island Edelweiss

Frozen South Island Edelweiss

Leucogenes grandiceps (thanks john dutchie) on Cascade Saddle, above the Dart Glacier (April 2009)   More ▶︎
Dart Valley from Cascade Saddle

Dart Valley from Cascade Saddle

This is inspiring country (April 2009)   More ▶︎
Cascade Saddle

Cascade Saddle

Alpine crossing linking the valleys of the West Matukituki and the Dart Rivers.   More ▶︎
My wife crossing the schist slab below the Pylon

My wife crossing the schist slab below the Pylon

Being relatively new to this we found croosing the schist slab below the Pylon fairly tricky. The "track" was a ...   More ▶︎
Cascade Saddle

Cascade Saddle

Cascade Saddle

Cascade Saddle

Looking down at the Saddle from above Heads Leap. A 500 metre cliff drops off to the Cascade creek floor ...   More ▶︎
Dart Glacier

Dart Glacier

Located right beside the Cascade Saddle, a climb to the saddle allows you a view of the intier length of ...   More ▶︎
Family on Dart Glacier, 2001

Family on Dart Glacier, 2001

Helen and the boys (then 14 and 11) on Dart Glacier (Rees/Dart tramp).   More ▶︎
from Cascade Saddle

from Cascade Saddle

looking to the SE from Cascade Saddle, across Heads Leap to Cascade Falls   More ▶︎
Cascade hut

Cascade hut

Cascade hut in the West Matukituki valley, about 10km from the carpart, only about 1.5km short of Aspiring hut.   More ▶︎
Cascade hut

Cascade hut

Cascade hut in the West Matukituki valley, about 10km from the carpart, only about 1.5km short of Aspiring hut.   More ▶︎

Cascade hut

Cascade hut in the West Matukituki valley, about 10km from the carpart, only about 1.5km short of Aspiring hut.   More ▶︎
Lower Matukituki

Lower Matukituki

Taken from the Cascade Saddle route a short distance below the Pylon looking downvalley towards the carpark at Raspberry Flat. ...   More ▶︎
West Matukituki valley

West Matukituki valley

Taken from the Cascade Saddle route not far below the Pylon, looking up valley towards Mt Aspiring which towers above ...   More ▶︎
Glengyle Peak

Glengyle Peak

Taken from below the Pylon on the Cascade Saddle route looking across the West matukituki towards Glengyle. If you look ...   More ▶︎
Cascade Saddle Camp

Cascade Saddle Camp

Nice campsite where the Cascade Saddle track crosses the top of Cascade Creek, with Mt Aspiring visible over the ridge. ...   More ▶︎

Route from Pine Creek to Matukituki Valley via Shotover Saddle

(Partial) route from Pine Creek to Matukituki via Shotover Saddle. The cattle track passage in this file is probably very ...   More ▶︎
Rock of Ages bivvy - Mt.Aspiring Flats

Rock of Ages bivvy - Mt.Aspiring Flats

A short distance from the East Matukituki, through which flows Kitchener stream is Aspiring Flats. Coveniently located is a rock ...   More ▶︎
West Matukituki valley

West Matukituki valley

Looking up the West Matukituki valley   More ▶︎
Aspiring Flat and Sisyphus Peak

Aspiring Flat and Sisyphus Peak

A one and two-half day tramp up the East Matukituki to overnight in Aspiring Flats, with a day trip up ...   More ▶︎
Rock of Ages Bivouac

Rock of Ages Bivouac

An overhang above the Kitchener River and Aspiring Flats, near the Matukituki East Branch. Room to sleep 10, although exposed ...   More ▶︎
Looking south from Sysiphus Peak

Looking south from Sysiphus Peak

The Matukituki East Branch winds its way down to meet the West Branch, where we started this walk yesterday. It's ...   More ▶︎
Rainbow Stream

Rainbow Stream

Probably at about 1000m here, 500m above Aspiring Flats visible below. We faffed around somewhere near here and lost a couple ...   More ▶︎
Sisyphus Peak from Wilmot Saddle

Sisyphus Peak from Wilmot Saddle

Still 200m to go. Sisyphus Peak (1859m) from Wilmot Saddle (1682m).   More ▶︎

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