Crow Hut via Avalanche Peak
TIME : 2 days, Arthur's Pass to Crow Hut 4-6 hours, Crow Hut to Klondyke Corner 4-5 hours
FEATURES : Inspiring views from Avalanche Peak, alpine tops, Crow Glacier, Mt Rolleston, Braided rivers
MAP : NZTopo50: Otira BV20 (NZMS260: Otira K33, Wilberforce K34)
HOW HARD IS IT?
The ridge from Avalanche Peak to Crow Valley is narrow and exposed to wind and rain. Do not cross it in poor visibility or on windy days. It's easy to take the wrong scree route down to the Crow Valley and end up above impassable bluffs. You need good route finding skills and concentration to choose the correct route to the Crow Valley.
The Waimakariri Rivers and Crow Rivers can rise quickly after heavy rain. Be prepared to stay in Crow Hut until the river levels drop.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Leave from the village. The track ends 10km east of here.
DOC built a new 10 bunk hut here in 2002, very flash with double glazing and good facilities. Crow Hut - Category 2
So you have an enjoyable and safe time during your visit to Arthur's Pass National Park follow these 5 simple rules...
1. PLAN YOUR TRIP
Seek local knowledge and plan the route you will take and the amount of time you can reasonably expect it to take.
2. TELL SOMEONE
Tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. Visit the AdventureSmart Website to file an intentions form with someone you trust!
3. BE AWARE OF THE WEATHER
New Zealand's weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the forecast and expect weather changes. Check out the Arthur's Pass Weather Forecast here.
4. KNOW YOUR LIMITS
Challenge yourself within your physical limits and experience. Learn safe ways of rescuing others without putting yourself in danger.
5. TAKE SUFFICIENT SUPPLIES
Make sure you have enough food, clothing, equipment and emergency rations for the worst-case scenario. Take an appropriate means of communication.
For more information, visit www.adventuresmart.org.nz/land-adventures