Two Thumb range Ski touring based at Rex Simpson hut
Friday, July 24 2020 — Sunday, July 26 2020
|Start date:||Friday, July 24 2020|
|End Date:||Sunday, July 26 2020|
|Registration cut-off||Thursday, July 23 2020 12:00 AM|
|Cost||Rex S. hut is $45 for members, $55 for non members per night. Additional night in Tekapo and shared gas with your driver. Allow for a minium of $130+ food for the weekend. Hut fee must be paied before the trip please.|
|Who's invited||Members and guests|
|Attendee screening||Attendees are pre-screened|
|Maximum number of participants||5|
|Total number registered||5|
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Ski touring trip on the Two Thumb range. Trip is open to skitourers and splitboarders but not to snow shores sorry.
The plan is to leave Dunedin (or where you come from) on Friday after work and drive to Tekapo for overnight stay (place to be organized yet).
On Saturday morning will walk to Rex Simpson hut, drop off the gear and continue touring.
Overnight at the hut and back for more touring on Sunday before heading back home.
If weather/snow/avalanche don't allow will look at running the trip somewhere else with more favorable conditions.
What to Expect
The Two Thumb Range terrains is mostly gentle with some opportunities for steeper runs.
You will need to have an intermediate level of fitness (able to climb 1000m+ vertical ) and off piste skiing abilities.
Basic knowledge of the use of transceiver, probe and shovel is required.
All decisions will be make as a group but any safety critical such as group/individual fitness/preparedness, weather and snow condition - the trip leader reserves to have the final say and the group will be asked to respect it.
Mount Gerald: Ideal warm-up or short tour after hiking/skinning up to the hut. Skin up to the saddle behind the hut, which leads into Camp Stream. Traverse out onto Snake Ridge and enjoy the ridge-top views, before dropping off ridge down to Mt Gerald Plateau. Good steep run into Mt Gerald Stream on south-facing slope. Traverse south back around to hut. 3 hours.
Beuzenberg PeakAccess Beuzenberg Peak (2070m) via Snake Ridge. Good terrain for skiers new to touring, with excellent runs through the bowls below Stag Saddle and a variety of descent options ranging in steepness on both the west and eastern sides of Snake Ridge. Great views of East Face of Mount Cook, Mt Tasman and other Main Divide peaks as you cruise along the ridge top. 5-6 hours return.
Pyramid Peak In either direction this tour gives yet another perspective of the grand views of the Main Divide and out over the Mackenzie Basin with its turquoise Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Camp Stream Gorge provides scenic skiing beside interesting ice formations in the frozen stream, while topping Pyramid Peak (1666m) expands our horizons in all directions. Multiple descent options, including the south ridge down to an old musterers' hut. 5 hours return.
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