Sudden valley

A trip up Sudden Valley offers moderately easy access into some spectacular country, encompassing wide, open, river flats, a steep-walled gorge, an exciting (and challenging) climb using ropes up the aptly named “Devil’s Chute”, and at the head of the valley, some spectacular mountain scenery. An added bonus of our weekend trip was a surprising lack of sandflies!

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Gola Peak, Sunday 13 April 2011

Two cars bearing seven people took us via Waikari, Hawarden, and along the Virginia Road to a generous car-parking space just past a dog-leg in the road at Pig Gully

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Lewis Tops, Brass Monkey Biv, Duchess Stream  -  5-6 Dec 2010

Four of us arrived at the Lewis Pass Tops car park on a warm Saturday morning planning to do an anti-clockwise circuit taking in Brass Monkey Biv and The Grand Duchess

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Opera Range, Jervois Hut, 29 – 30 January 2011

Bill Templeton suggested this trip. It’s in Sven’s guide, described as “a fairly obscure sort of round-trip to a seldom-visited hut”. Sounds encouraging?

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Top Hope Hut—22-23 Jan 2011

The group of nine started tramping from Windy Point just off the Lewis Pass highway at 9:15am. A few group members had been doing some sums and studying the topography, most concluding that to get to the Top Hop Hut with 2 hours spare to undertake the side trip to the hot pools was ambitious

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