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POINT (170.3648 -43.3556)
BW16 864 963

For the most part, travel along the range from McFetrick Peak to Fardowner Peak is an easy rollercoaster,
provided one can see where to go. But at the end of the range, north of Fardowner, greasy
and broken bluffs on the ridge cut off the descent, making this a range with a sting in its tail. Leaving
the range on the spur west of Gunn Peak also has its difficulties. To the east, tussock leads to Pt 1106
metres, and a spur heading north-east from it offers a hard, steep scrub bash down to the lower
Whataroa. The range itself is a wonderful place to visit, most easily accessed from Butler Forks and
the track into the upper Gunn Valley. Stans Hut is a community maintained four-bunk hut in upper
Reynolds Creek.
Traversing from Gunn River via Mt Cloher to Gunn Peak
This is reasonably straightforward. Access to Mt Cloher from the Gunn River can be gained up a tiny
side creek at I35 956553 / BW16 856 937 on the true left of the stream draining Mt Cloher, or up the spur
at I35 950555 / BW16 850 939 and then sidling across an upper basin to the peak. A kilometre south of
Gunn Peak it is easiest to sidle to the east through basins, avoiding a rough piece of ridge. Gunn Peak
can also be sidled easily to the east. Fardowner is easily approached from Gunn Peak. The main ridge
north-west from Fardowner is initially steep but traversable. However, at the col immediately southeast
of Pt 1522 metres, guts and rotten rock walls make travel impractical. We don’t know anyone who
has traversed or bypassed this.

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Mountain Gunn Pk
Yvonne Cook and Geoff Spearpoint,
in association with the Canterbury Mountaineering Club