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Grade Hard. Map(s) BV20. Approximate cost $35 + hut fees. List Closes: 28 Feb.

Departure Point: Caltex Russley

We will be choosing the best day out of Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 March to complete the Philistine-Rolleston Traverse. We will stay at the CTC Hut in Arthurs Pass the night before the climb, so we can have an early start. We will start at the Philistine end and finish at Rolleston, as the route is easiest in this direction. You need to have undertaken a basic snowcraft course or have equivalent experience, as the use of an ice axe and crampons may be required. A short section on the decent from high peak is often abseiled, so it is best if you know how to abseil. If you don't know how to abseil but would like to come, please talk to the trip leader well in advance. This is a grade 2 mountaineering route, but a very achievable one. The route can be comfortably undertaken without rock shoes or a rope, but we will be taking a rope and participants may like to carry rock shoes, just in case. If this is a trip you would like to join, but you're not sure if you yet have the confidence, please do get in touch with the trip leader so she can talk to you about the route. The trip leader would like to encourage all who are interested in this route to consider coming. A great way to increase your confidence is to do some rock climbing (gym, crag, or mountain scrambles) in advance. Some photos of the route can be viewed here: https://wearyfeet.smugmug.com/The-Great-Outdoors/Arthurs-Pass-National-Park/Phillistine-Rolleston-Traverse (Just remember, photos often make it look harder than it was at the time!). There will be a cap on numbers - this will be determined by the level of experience in the team. If the weather is not good enough to run the trip we will reschedule it to the following weekend (9-10 March).