Backcountry ski touring traverse - CP to TC

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  1. Dumphfish

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    http://www.scene.co.nz/features/bac...xpkx_LZX0T_alXY9bKBs7rzUEsMutBh45vtiqiy1xOa9I

    This looks cool, awesome etc .

    "An Arrowtown adventurer plans to create a “world-class” ski touring route between Coronet Peak and Treble Cone skifields.

    Erik Bradshaw says the 60km Mahu Whenua Traverse will be an “alpine traverse the likes of which does not currently exist in the southern hemisphere”.

    Running along the backbone of the Harris Mountains, it’ll be similar to famous ski touring journeys such as the Haute Route between Chamonix and Zermatt, and Canada’s Wapta Traverse, he says."
     
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  2. Moondog55

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    "create"?

    Is some infrastructure needed? To make it hut-hut ?
     
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    As a beginner where touring in real mountains is concerned I actually like the idea of hut to hut touring carrying the bare minimum just in case
     
  5. Red_switch

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    Establishing a route and building huts, yeah.
     
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    We do have the symphony, but it's not a trivial thing.
     
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    Not sure about the repurposed water tanks as huts. Condensation?
     
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    Yeah I wonder how the wine and beer selection will be
     
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    That said I'd totally be interested

    @Red_switch or others knowledgeable: how much low-land travel is needed? Ie. Walking below the snowline? Any connection issues or is it all high?
     
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    Ha. I have pretty good data on that as it happens.

    I've seen a rough sketch of the most of the route. A lot, but not all, of it is above the 90 day snow cover contour. The sketchiest bit is between Coronet and Vanguard Peak (but I'm less clear on the route through here), which you could expect to involve 2 - 4 km of travel with the skis on the back. North from there it's mostly pretty good, although the broad saddle between the Polnoon Burn and the north branch of the Motatapu River (a planned turk (hut) site) is also usually below the snowline, though the distance to be covered here is a fair bit shorter, 1 - 2 km.

    This is a route that has been skied sporadically in the past. Personally, I think that further south in the Hector Mountains (southern extension of the Remarkables) is certainly a more snow sure location for such a route, and lends itself well to extended trips, especially if you include the Garvie and Old Man ranges. But it's more isolated, and the land tenure situation for Mahu Whenua (the current proposal) definitely lends itself better to the establishment of infrastructure.
     
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    That and the locals dont need more people skiing the hills down that way ;)
     
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