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Paske Hut and Paske Valley Photo: Shaun Barnett/Black Robin Photography
Total Ascent
Paske Hut, 6 bunks/$5
Lake Tennyson Campsite, St James Conservation Area
BS24, BT24
Paske Hut via Paske Saddle, Rainbow Conservation Area, Marlborough 

MAPS ARE objects of wonder. You look at the depiction of rivers, peaks and passes, and try to form a picture of the country. A name – say Paske Hut – grabs you, and you examine possible routes. The map suggests something of the character of the Paske Valley: several high peaks, nudging over 2000m, large rolling expanses of sub-alpine grasslands, and patches of beech forest edging over the lower mountain slopes.

Maps, thankfully, don’t ever fully do justice to a place, and there are always surprises when you see it with your own eyes.

We’d chosen to reach Paske Hut by crossing Paske Saddle, near the head of the Clarence River, upstream of Lake Tennyson. Instead of climbing ...

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