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Plenty of snow above the track ready to come down. ... See MoreSee Less

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Routeburn Shelter to Lake Harris 9th Sep 2018
Lots of snow ready to avalanche
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Still lots of snow...

Chris Mumford

Rocky Beer good thing we didn't do it in the off season! Pretty amazing though!

There is high avalanche risk at the Harris bluffs. We could see many avalanche paths old and new. Even with all the correct gear, I would NOT go there.

They went in yesterday, both had avalanche gear, both had beacons, and have done avalanche courses and are experienced ski-tourers from the UK. Assured me they would travel quickly and separately through avalanche terrain, and had left intentions with DOC and family. About as well-prepared as possible. Unlike a Frenchman I talked out of it last week...no companion to dig him out but still had full avalanche gear, no beacon, and wasnโ€™t afraid of โ€œonly small avalanches affect NZโ€ Crazy! Sent him to Luxmore instead and told him go no further.

They will have about 500m of serious avalanche terrain to go through at the bluffs. I have been up there when the avalanches are coming down. Pretty scary stuff

Yes I hope theyโ€™ll be ok, they were very fit and pretty savvy so they should make the correct decisions

Just heard from Bex at QT DOC, they made it safely and basically ran across the bluff section, but they had a great time ๐Ÿ˜€

Good to hear, thanks Paul

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3 months ago

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Congratulations Eiji. Walked 3000km TA trail. Finished at Bluff on the 7th June.Image attachmentImage attachment

Congratulations Eiji. Walked 3000km TA trail. Finished at Bluff on the 7th June. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Congrats Eiji Kitai! You did so well! ๐Ÿ˜Š

ใ“ใ“ใฏใ€Bluffใงใ™ใ‹โ”

ใŠใ‚ใงใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€œ!๐ŸŽ‰ ๅ‡„ใ„ใงใ™ใญใ€œๆ”นใ‚ใฆใใฎ้•ทใ•ใซใƒ“ใƒƒใ‚ฏใƒชใงใ™! ใ•ใžใ‹ใ—่‰ฒใ‚“ใชไฝ“้จ“ใ‚’ใ•ใ‚ŒใŸไบ‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™!ๆ˜ฏ้ž่‰ฒใ‚“ใชใŠ่ฉฑใŠ่žใใ—ใŸใ„ใฎใงใ™ใŒใพใŸๆฌกๅ›žใจ่จ€ใ†ไบ‹ใงๅคฑ็คผ่‡ดใ—ใพใ™ใ€œ! ใงใ‚‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ่ˆˆๅ‘ณๆทฑใ„ใงใ™!ใ„ใคใ‹ใŠ่ฉฑ่žใ‹ใ›ใฆไธ‹ใ•ใ„!

Awesome Eiji!!! Such an epic effort

ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใŠใ‚ใงใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™๏ผ๏ผ็ŸญๆœŸ้–“ใงใฎๅˆฐ้”็ด ๆ™ดใ‚‰ใ—ใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™๏ผ

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4 months ago

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Motatapu 19th- 21st May 2018 ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Thank you so much for your great company on the track of all kind of weather!

5 months ago

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Autumn run Mike(1st May) & Kiyomi(2nd May)
Nearly last run for this season.
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Looking good

Weather a bit better than when we did it in Jan last year!! Will just have to come back and do it again! ๐Ÿ™‚

I have had plenty of wet/snow days. Not so many blue sky days ๐Ÿ™‚

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Winter on the Routeburn.

We went to have a look at the Harris Saddle, on the 22nd June 2017. From Falls Hut, we followed tracks in the snow for about 1km. From there, we made our own for the next 2km. Very hard going, but the views were worth it. The bluffs near the Harris Saddle were covered with snow. It would have been extremely hard to get to MacKenzie hut. The avalanche risk looked high and definitely not worth the risk. A great day out and back.