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EPIC NEW QUEENSTOWN SKI TOURING ROUTE

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January, 2020

A major hurdles been cleared in the formation of an epic ski touring
route between Coronet Peak and Treble Cone.
Queenstowns council granted consent this week for five alpine huts
that will sit along the 45km Mahu Whenua Traverse, which will run along
the backbone of the Harris Mountains, crossing Coronet Peak Station.
First unveiled in Mountain Scenes sister paper Otago Daily Times over a
year ago, the traverse is the vision of Arrowtown adventurer Erik
Bradshaw.
With the consent in the bag, Bradshaws now turning his attention to
forming a Mountain Turk Club to build and manage the huts.
Im aiming to have them in this winter.
Im quite confident theres enough energy and momentum.
The clubs inaugural meeting will be held at the Queenstown Events
Centre on February 12 at 7pm.
Hes already got more than 400 people on his emailing list, and interest
has come from far afield Christchurch last month to hear him talk about
the project.
Hes also going to call in the money promised by dozens of donors over
the past year.
Construction can then start on his self-designed versions of Turk Huts,
versions of which already sit on Mt Sale, above Arrowtown, and at Cape
Adare, in the Antarctic.
The Mahu Whenua route, between Coronet Peak and Treble Cone
The insulated, double-glazed, four-bunk huts will be built in Arrowtown
and choppered to their sites on Coronet Saddle, Vanguard Peak, Mt Saint
Just, Mt Hyde and Motatapu Saddle.
The consent took much longer than he expected because he was
hopelessly naive, Bradshaw says.
I thought I would submit five or six pages and they would say great
idea, no one will know its there  go for it.
Pro bono work by Boffa Miskell and Patch Landscape means the cost of
getting the consent across the line was only a fraction of the $50,000-
plus it wouldve cost a commercial venture, he says.
Hes also grateful to Anderson Lloyd for its legal work, also at no cost.
The huts will be managed by an online booking system for use by club
members, either for the winter ski traverse or tramping in the warmer
months.
Theyll have rainwater tanks and solar panels to power a light and an
electronic charging station.
There are also plans to install a separate long-drop toilet structure at
each hut site.
Resource consent was needed because the huts will sit on an
outstanding natural landscape, and small areas of indigenous vegetation
will have to cleared for their foundations.

Source: Mountain Scene

 

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