- Classic Arthur’s Pass / CTC trip. Because of the non-favourable weather forecast for the afternoon, we decided to go from Mt Bealey to Avalanche Peak rather than the other way around.
- A few of us shot off at about 9 AM from Mt Bealey carpark. I was unusually nauseated from the car ride – that’s what happens when you sit in the passenger’s seat and turn around to talk to Ivan and Emma!
- Somewhere at the bushline we caught up with some other CTC members (Monika, Zack, Grant) who had an early start as they spent last night at CTC hut. They decided to take a scree down from a saddle by Little Bealey while we continued attacking the top.
- On the top, we decided to continue towards Lyell Peak as the weather was looking alright. A lot of clouds were sitting on Mt Rolleston though and I was hoping that they would stay there for at least another hour which they did.
- In general, the ridge between Mt Bealey and Lyell Peak is sharp with some exciting sections where careful footing is required. Nothing too bad though, the rock is surprisingly solid most of the time (on Arthur’s Pass scale of course which means stil crumbly but not as much as some other ridges in AP). There are also some reasonable escape routes to a terrace on either side of the ridge where an easy route could be taken to bypass the sharp ridge.
- Around pt1778, the ridge flattens and it’s just a Sunday stroll from now and on.
- At the top of Avalanche Peak, we briefly discussed which route to take and agreed that the quickest would be to take Avalanche Track instead of Scotts Track.
- Great trip with fun company ended up in the Bealey Hotel. People sometimes say it’s pricey but I find 8 bucks for a pint of beer is reasonable!
- Jiang’s video at https://youtu.be/ApfzKxpudX4
Rough stats: 8h, 10.2 kms, 1500m up
Participants: Michal Klajban (leader, scribe), Emma Rogers (photos, moral support), Xiaoqiu Jiang (videographer), Alan Ross (entertainment), Paul Yeoman, Stephen Lukey, Rodney Erickson, Ivan Andrews
Photos by Emma Rogers
Max elevation: 1832 m
Min elevation: 731 m