Note that this itinerary is a sample only. Your final itinerary is subject to weather and other conditions.
On the first morning of the trip we will pick you up rom your accomodation in Queenstown before driving south towards Milford Sound. Early afternoon finds us in the Fiordland National Park, and after lunch if the weather is good there will be an opportunity to climb a multi-pitch route on the Shotwell Slabs to warm up. After climbing we head to the legendary Homer Hut, our base camp for the time that we are in the Darran Mountains.
We are moving at first light towards Gertrude Saddle and the start of the Talbot Macpherson traverse.The traverse is one of the best single day alpine trips in the country. We ascend to Homer Saddle with spectacular views of Fiordland and the Darran Mountains. From here the route then climbs the spectacular North Ridge of Macpherson. This is a great day out and a classic Darrans climb.
We awake to the sound of rain on the roof of Homer Hut. Today we have the option of climbing at the Chasm crag, a steep overhanging protects the Chasm from rain fall so it makes for a great wet weather climbing venue.
The plan today is to climb Lucky Strike grade 20 on the west face of Moirs Mate. To get to the route we climb towards Homer saddle and then make the long and exposed ridge traverse to Moirs Mate. This is a big day out getting to the route, climbing the route, and then descending back accross the challenging ridge before the walk down to the valley floor.
Once again the weather has come and the high and spectacular peaks above the Gertrude valley are obscured by cloud. After a leisurly breakfast we will start the drive back to Queenstown. If energy levels, fitness, enthusiam, & weather allows it may be possible to do some climbing on the way home or take in one of the many view points or hikes on the Milford road.