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Aardvark wrote:In all likelihood DOC and others will recommend you take ice tools on the route to Mueller hut. It is a steep track in places and in September there will likely be some ice on the track. It is a popular destination as many backpackers get to Mt.Cook village to find there are few tracks suitable for walkers. That location is largely catering for climbers. As a result of Mueller hut being so popular, it is often filled quickly.
Ordinarily I would have suggested Ball Pass as another option but if doing it over more than one day, you would be better off taking a tent. The hut on Ball ridge is a private one. The shelter at the end of Ball Rd only caters for a few (4 at the most I think) and could also be occupied. However, as mentioned on the Tramper site, the road was washed out badly and it was suggested at one time it might be some time until something is done about it. https://youtu.be/qg0yuqjFGxg.
Frankly, apart from a view of Tasman glacier that route to Ball hut has little going for it. It is not even the best view of the Tasman given the glacial recession.
Are you taking a tent? Your choices suggest you would prefer the use of huts.
Tue 17 Mar, 2020 6:37 am
wayno wrote:Ball pass is inaccessible after storm damage to the approach route..
taking snow and ice tools is useless if you havent trained properly how to use them
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