Woolshed Creek Hut
Why do you want to do this? Fitness
What will you learn during this goal/SDL? How to survive
When are you planning on working on working on this? What colour blocks etc?
For this goal/SDL I will need. Here's the full gear list (I will have a look over students' gear prior to our departure):
- tramping boots or trail running shoes (and wool or synthetic socks)
- at least 2.5 L of water (going uphill is hard work!)
- bring a tent if needed
- a night pack/tramp pack. tramp Packs are usually better than school backpacks because they have weight-bearing hip belts to take weight off your shoulders.
- Newspaper/firelighters and matches/lighter for the wood burner/fire
- layers (polypro or wool) - base layers (t-shirt, long sleeve, shorts or light pants), midlayer (fleece)
- rainproof, windproof jacket
- a warm hat and gloves (the summit will be about 10 deg C colder than at the carpark, and it will be windier at the top!)
- sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen
- lunch and snacks
- a few bandaids/plasters, etc. to deal with any blisters
- toilet paper and hand sanitiser (we will be away from any toilet for up to 3 hours!)
What LA will be my main support? zack
How and when will I reflect on my learning? after the tramp
From the western side, the route starts at Morrisons footbridge on SH73, near Aickens corner. It follows the Deception River, crosses the Main Divide at Goat Pass, then follows the Mingha River to come out at SH73 by Greyneys Shelter.
Experience: Suitable for well-equipped people with previous backcountry tramping experience. River crossing skills essential.
River crossings: Both the Deception and Mingha rivers can be dangerous. Do not attempt this trip when these rivers are high or when bad weather is forecast. Travel along the Deception River requires up to 30 compulsory river crossings. Rivers can flood at any time of year. If rivers and side streams are in flood, seek shelter and wait until water levels fall before crossing.
Best season: Summer, autumn and early winter.
Required maps: NZTopo50: Otira BV20.
Hazards: Flooded rivers, avalanches, steep drop-offs and bluffs.
Safety: This route guide must be read in conjunction with Tramping in Arthur's Pass National Park (PDF, 762K) (opens in new window), and New Zealand's Outdoor Safety Code (external site).
Before setting out, check the latest track conditions and avalanche advisory with the Arthur's Pass Visitor Centre.
Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process (external site) on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.
Thieves targeting cars at Arthur's Pass
There have been reports of cars being broken into and disabled at track ends.
Don't leave valuables in your vehicle.
Consider using more public parking sites – ask at the Arthur's Pass Visitor Centre for alternative options.
Report any suspicious activity to police on +64 3 363 7400.
and NO DOGS and CATS