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Alpine - 11 routes - avg. grade 0 0 - 2.75

At the head of Lake Rotoroa, that other jewel of inland Nelson, are the Sabine and D’Urville Valleys. Surrounded by extensive beech forest, with great views of the major Travers Range summits, Lake Rotoroa is larger and even more stunning than Rotoiti. There is a camping ground and tourist lodge, but no general store like at St Arnaud. The lake was visited by William Fox, Thomas Brunner, Charles Heaphy and the Maori guide Kehu in February 1846. Stock were once run in the lower valleys and on Mt Misery, but the vegetation has regenerated well, due perhaps to the higher rainfall than in areas further east.

Access: The easiest approach to climbing routes is to take the water taxi up Lake Rotoroa, avoiding a 5-6 hour lakeshore walk. Contact Craig Simpson, phone 03 523 9199. Alternatively, walk from Mt Robert car park to Speargrass Hut (12 bunks, serviced) and the track to Sabine Hut (32 bunks, serviced). East Sabine River At the Sabine Forks, take the track to the swingbridge over the gorge. Cross the bridge to follow the track to reach Gunsight Pass and Travers Saddle. From the bridge, the remnants of an old track follows the river on the true left for about 3 hours to a large grassy flat east-southeast of Mt Franklin. The large tarn which is the source of the East Sabine is further upriver, and can also be reached via Lake Tennyson and Clarence Pass. Good campsite 50m south-west of the tarn outlet. West Sabine River Blue Lake Hut (16 bunks, serviced) in the West Sabine is about 3 hours from Sabine Forks. In winter, large cones of avalanche debris can come off the slopes of the Mahanga Range and cross the track.

Showing all routes 1 route total 2138 m

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St Arnaud Ra

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North Ridge
Grade 0
Climb the rock ridge from the northern Sabine – Rainbow pass.

Showing all routes 5 routes total 2340 m

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

Highest mountain in Nelson Lakes National Park. First climbed by a Tararua Tramping Club party led by Bill Bridge in February 1947.

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East Sabine Route
Grade 0
From a tussock flat due east of the summit, follow a stream to scrub and steep tussock. Negotiable bluffs lead to a high scree terrace. Climb around the foot of the north-east buttress and up steep scree through bluffs just north of the summit.
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South West Ridge
Grade 0
From the scree terrace described in route 6.10, sidle south around the south-east buttress to steep scree under a high saddle between Franklin and Pk 2291m. From the saddle, pleasant rock scrambling gains the southern shoulder. The final ridge is broad and easy.
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Sabine Forks Route
Grade 0
Half an hour above Sabine Forks, climb a scree fan from the West Sabine on to Franklin Ridge. A long and arduous route follows the range, turning outlier peaks on the eastern side. The final climb to the summit follows the upper part of East Sabine Route.
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West Sabine Route
Grade 0
From the outlet of Blue Lake, climb through open forest to the bushline, then follow it and sidle up across tussock slopes into a basin in a major side stream that falls west from Franklin. Climb scree to the head of the stream, where scree gives a route on the west face up loose rock and snow to either the high saddle between Pk 2191m and Franklin or its southern shoulder. A good descent route.
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Moraine Wall Route
Grade 0
From Blue lake Hut, climb the North West Ridge route on Pk 2291m. Traverse that peak on moderate rock, or sidle the slopes on its north-west flank into the high saddle between Pk 2291m and Franklin. Pleasant rock scrambling gains the southern shoulder.

Showing all routes 1 route total 2291 m

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Franklin Ridge

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North West Ridge
Grade 0
From the moraine wall above Blue Lake, a tussock and scree spur gives access to a high scree basin. At its head, climb moderate rock on the right of a couloir leading to the ridge. An exposed section of ridge can be turned on the southern slopes.

Showing all routes 1 route total 2232 m

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Franklin Ridge

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South Ridge
Grade 0
From the moraine wall above Blue Lake sidle high above Lake Constance to a high col (map ref. M30/835036). From the col a narrow ledge angles on to western slabs and regains the ridge above a vertical section. The remainder of the ridge is narrow and difficult.

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Northern Peak 2220 of Franklin Ridge

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North Ridge
Grade 0
A short ascent up loose rock and slabs leads from the saddle in the South Ridge of Peak 2232 to just north of the summit.
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South Ridge
Grade 0
Tussock slopes at the head of Lake Constance lead into a scree basin south-west of the peak. Hard routes up rock ribs or guts gain the south ridge.

Showing all routes 1 route total 2220 m

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Southern 2220 of Franklin Ridge

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North West Face
Grade 0
Head south-east from the head of Lake Constance, and climb tussock spurs to a long scree ribbon falling between rock ribs and reaching high on the face to a point hard under the west rib. Ascend this, then climb a gut on to the west rib, near the summit.