Twin Creek v5a2III***

Note: Be careful about the names of canyons in this area!

This page refers to the stream labelled “Twin Creek” on the Topo50 map.

The next stream to the north is is labelled “Upper Twin Ck” on the Topo50 map, but is known as Temple Col Canyon

Highest drops

  • Top 35m
  • Middle 40m
  • Lower 70m (55m + 20m pitches)

Up to 6.5hrs

Public access

The top and middle sections of Twin Creek (V4) are reasonably straightforward alpine descents, with well-bolted anchors, good access and plenty of escapes. However, as some rappels are straight through the water, it is not suitable for less experienced canyoners in higher than normal flows. The top and middle sections combined are an excellent trip in their own right with 11 pitches.

The lower section of twin creek (V5) is steep and inescapable for the first five drops. Recommended for experienced canyoners with the capability to undertake multi-pitch rigging on hanging anchor stations. The canyon gets the afternoon sun and enjoys excellent views of Mt Rolleston during the descent, making it an enjoyable day out.

First descent Top section by Grant Prattley, Nola Collie and James Abbott Apr 2016.

Middle and Lower Section ‘Swampy’ Marsh, in the 2000’s. Set up for a commercial canyoning operation.

Download the CanyonTopo for Twin Creek, Arthurs Pass – By Grant Prattley

Photos by Nola Collie, Grant Prattley, Dan Clearwater and Ira Lewis

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