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Edison Glacier Camp, Hooker Landsborough Wilderness

Edison camp. Photo: Pat Barrett
Distance
24.8km
Total Ascent
1509m
Time
Three days to campsite
Grade
Difficult
Access
Follow the old 4WD track up the Mahitahi from Condon Road and then trackless wilderness to a spur east of the Edison climbing to a 1300m shoulder and descend a gully south to the Edison head
Map
BX14, BY14
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Secreted in the wild heart of South Westland, the upper Edison River provides epic views of the Strachan Range and its outlying summits. Sheer-sided ridges, gorges, impenetrable subalpine scrub, and fickle weather make such hard-won views ones to savour.

There’s a fantastic campsite below the Edison Glacier snout at 1200m.

South of the camp rise the giants of the region: Mts Strachan, 2561m and Dechen, 2643m. The latter claiming the distinction of having New Zealand’s only icecap glacier.

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