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How to safely walk the Cascade Saddle route

At least three people have died on the challenging Cascade Saddle route

The Mountain Safety Council has released a video showing trampers how to safely walk the challenging Cascade Saddle route in Mt Aspiring National Park.

The video gives detailed information on the route, equipment required and when to walk it.

There have been multiple fatalities on the route and it was identified as a search and rescue hot-spot in MSC’s A Walk in the Park? report into tramping-related search and rescue (SAR) incidents.

The video is part of a 12 part series which will be released throughout October, which look at search and rescue hot-spots. Other videos in the series will cover the MilfordKepler and Routeburn Great Walks, the Mt Taranaki Summit route in Mt Aspiring National Park, the Mueller Hut route in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, the Travers Saddle route, Robert Ridge route to Angelus Hut and Waiau Pass in Nelson Lakes National Park. The videos will be released on YouTube and Facebook.