|Canyon name:||Long Drop|
|General area:||Arthur’s Pass|
|Character:||An easily accessible pretty mossy bedrock canyon low flow, perfect for beginners. |
Best after heavy rain.
|Start of the canyon (topomap link):||https://www.topomap.co.nz/NZTopoMap?v=2&ll=-42.939631,171.575832&z=14&pin=1|
|Carpark (google maps link):||https://goo.gl/maps/t6A6uGbaVycQHvRH8|
|Suggested gear:||2x 40m|
|Canyon dimensions:||500m vertical|
|Approach time:||2 hours|
|Descent time:||3 hours|
|Back to your car time:||5 minutes|
|Approach by car:||State Highway 73 to Arthur’s Pass and park by the Railway Station rest rooms.|
Walk to start of Mt Aicken track. [5 minutes]
|Approach on foot:||Follow Mt Aicken track to the bushline, then sidle across to the first obvious gully.|
|Canyon descent description:||Short downclimb, then a series of 14 rappels, up to 35m on the 2nd last drop.|
Canyon quality improves, along with water flow as you descend.
A beautiful view to the village from R4 with a couple of horizon line anchors.
Quality bedrock throughout. Very low flow, so a good option after heavy rain and manageable.
A great beginners intro to Arthurs Pass and using natural rigging en masse.
A huge bonus of ending right beside the railway station, and back through the tunnel to the car in 5 minutes.
|Committment/Escapes:||In parts it feels very canyon like, but escapes are possible, descent possible by abseiling down through the beech forest.|
|Other notes:||Nearest cafe and restaurant five minutes from the end of the canyon.|
|First descent:||James Abbott, Grant Prattley, Nola Collie, Aaron Dawson 2022 February 7|
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