Reference: 
2
Type: 
Alpine
Pitch: 
# Alpine
(Commitment)
Alpine
(Technical)
Alpine
(Mt Cook)
Ewbank Aid Water Ice Mixed Boulder
(Hueco)
Length Bolts Trad
1020000m0N
 From HAPUKU RIVER Follow the Hapuku River north branch, at first easy, then quite bouldery, for about 3.5km to a small grassy flat. The old Barratts Hut is about 600m further upstream (well worth a look), and the new bivvy is a bit further on. The summit is an 1850m height gain, so it’s best to camp higher if possible. Surveyor Spur is the spur between Mt Stace and the main range. It is easily reached at a small saddle (1045m) directly up from the grassy flat, then follow the spur. There is a good campsite near some large boulders at about 1940m, and in winter and spring there will usually be snow hereabouts. Elsewhere the spur is waterless. Angle up easy slopes to an obvious dip in the main range. In summer it may be necessary to camp in the Stace Creek basin below this dip. Continue along the ridge crest, which steepens beyond a shallow saddle, and bypassing some gendarmes on the north side. Inexperienced parties may prefer a rope here. The traverse to Uwerau is generally straightforward and especially satisfying.
Quality: 
0
Grade: 
2
Length: 
0
Gone: 
No

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Update based on a visit in June 2017 (for changes caused by the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake): Barratts Hut and Bivvy are buried under around 80m of material. The first few hundred metres of Surveyor Spur above Stace Saddle had small "crevasses" about 0.5m deep. Fine in daylight but easy to miss by head torch. Hapuku water didn't taste very nice. The access route is still officially closed as far as DoC is concerned.

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