Alpine - 5 routes - avg. grade 0 0 - 2.75

Barron Ridge runs between Hunts Creek and the Rolleston River. Ski Touring. Climb up the steep track from Otira that goes up the ridge on the northern side of Goat Creek (another track, 2km south of Otira, is overgrown). It’s 800 metres climb to where the slopes ease off, and where the snowline often is, at around 1200 metres. Head west through high basins for 2km to the summit of Mount Barron (1730m). On the south side of the peak there is a ski basin that descends into the upper Holts Creek where a campsite may be made. An extended trip could continue along the Barron Range to Lake Florence and beyond. On the other side of the Otira Valley, near the confluence of Barrack Creek, a track climbs through the bush to the bushline at about 1200m and onwards to the summit of Goat Hill (1656m). There is a ski basin in the head of Barrack Creek.

Attribution: James Broadbent

Showing all routes 2 routes total 2110 m

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Waimakariri

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From Waimakariri Col
Grade 0
A short snow climb from Waimakariri Col. A traverse to, and descent off, Carrington Peak can also be achieved. The icecap of Mt Armstrong can be quite unstable at times, as can the glacier descending on to Waimakariri Col.
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From Otira Valley
Grade 0
A long climb that can be done by fit parties in a day from Otira. Follow the Rolleston River Route to where it leaves the scrub and crosses the river. Climb west to the spur separating the Rolleston River from the stream draining Lake Florence, and continue up to the summit. The icecap of Mt Armstrong can be quite unstable at times.

Showing all routes 3 routes total 1840 m

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Waimakariri

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From Otira Valley
Grade 0
A long climb that can be done by fit parties in a day from Otira. Follow the Rolleston River Route to where it leaves the scrub and crosses the river. Climb west, to the spur separating the Rolleston River from the stream draining Lake Florence, and sidle towards the saddle above Lake Florence.
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Via Barron Range
Grade 0
From Mt Barron via the Barron Range takes a good day along a ridgeback that is a minefield of loose rock.
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From Mt Armstrong
Grade 0
From Mt Armstrong, descend to the col above Lake Florence and continue on to the peak.