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First snow at Kea Basin

Hiking thrugh the first snow of the season in Kea Basin, en route to Esquilant Bivvy Hut. Richardson Mountains opposite. Photo: Jakub Cejpek
Time
9-10hr. Kea Basin bivouac, 4-5hr; Bivouac to Wright Col and Esquilant Bivvy Hut, 5hr
Grade
Moderate
Accom.
Earnslaw Hut, 4 bunks; Rock bivouacs in Kea Basin; Esquilant Bivvy Hut, 6 bunks
Access
Muddy Creek car park at the end of the Rees Valley Road and north of Glenorchy
Map
CB10, CA10
Kea Basin, Mt Aspiring National Park Autumn seemed to be a good season to climb Mt Earnslaw/Pikirakatahi, but the reality turned out to be somewhat different. After pleasant tramping along...

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