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New Zealand Hiking Trekking Our Wild Walks » The Darrans - Fiordland
The Darran mountains - remotely located in Fiordland National Park. This is one of the great wilderness areas of the Southern Hemisphere. It is an area where snow-capped mountains, rivers of ice, deep lakes, unbroken forests and tussock grasslands produce a landscape of exceptional beauty.
Based at Homer Hut not far from the township of Milford, this location offers an amazing array of objectives. The approach walk into these peaks is well rewarded by amazing views of the range and beautiful vistas of the fiords out to the Tasman Sea.
Such is the range of peaks in the Darran Mountains that the summit week could cater for diverse objectives including:
* A week focused on strong climbers looking to extend their skills by climbing in an alpine setting OR
* For trampers wishing to increase their technical skills and take on the impressive peaks and journeys of the region
Ascent of Moir's Mate
Via the classic Bowen-Allan Corner - 8 pitches - fine intro to Darran Mountains Diorite Climbing. Grade 17 (or easier climbing via the North Ridge). The approach is an exposed traverse taking you directly over the amazing Homer Tunnel.
A skyline traverse of the massif affording panoramic views of the region. Be amazed at the pioneers courage and resilience to find a route through this region to link the Wakatipu with Milford. Start from Homer hut heading to Homer Saddle over the Talbot's ladder to Mt. Macpherson. Glacier travel on the ridge above Mcpherson cirque will take you to Mt. Talbot. (Mount Talbot also offers climbers some technical routes on the East ridge. A scenic peak atop the Psychopath wall and impressive views into the Gertrude valley)
Continue on to Gertrude saddle and Black lake for a quick swim if you are game!
Descend Gertrude saddle Track to hut.
Gertrude Saddle-Barrier Traverse
Another panoramic journey with views towards Lake Adelaide and the amphitheatre of Sabre, Marion and Barrier Knob. Climbers will be drawn to the impressive climbs on Barrier knob and surrounding peaks; Trampers to the impressive terrain before them with possible journeys out to the Hollyford via Moraine Ck.
You will be instructed in the skills to travel in exposed and technical terrain with the use of axes, crampons and roped travel.
Other itineraries are offered in the area such as Mt Sabre which could be combined to the above.
Mt Sabre (2162m) alpine rock ascent (three days)
The finest rock peak in the Darran Mountains, Fiordland National Park. This is a stunning ascent via the north buttress on diorite rock. From Wanaka we drive through the scenic township of Te Anau towards the famous Milford Sounds. We overnight at Homer hut.
An early morning start we depart for Gertrude Saddle, enjoying the views of Milford Sound and the peaks of the Darran range. After arriving at the Saddle and traversing around Barrier Knob, we descend steep ground down Giffords Crack into the stunning Adelaide cirque.
From Lake South America and Lake Adelaide we boulder hop or walk across and up to Phil's Bivvy. A good day's crossing.
An early start takes us up steep grassy slopes to the Yak pastures where we begin. 12 pitches of superb alpine granite grade 16 Alpine Rock. You need to be fit to carry a pack and climb confidently up to grade 18/5.8. From a belay ledge the vistas open out over Barrier Knob, through Adelaide Saddle towards Milford Sound and the sea (also views of the snowy giants, Mt Tutoko and Madeline).
Duration: 7 day
Grade: Hard/ Very Hard
Price : NZ$ 4,900* / person (1:1) or NZ$ 2,990 / person (1:2)
*Mt Sabre 1:1 only
Access : No helicopters
Guide Ratio : 1 guide : 1 client or 1 guide : 2 clients - Sabre 1:1 only. Package includes, all meals and energy snacks, technical equipment, hut and guide fees, and Goods and Services Tax.
Prerequisites : Good balance and secure footing. Rock climbing experience an advantage. Mt Sabre: 14 hours return endurance required. You need to be fit to carry a pack and climb confidently up to grade 18/5.8.
Season : January-March / Mt Sabre: February-March
Accommodation: Hut or tent or bivy