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Getting on to the Copland Ridge. The route immediately beyond Hooker Hut has deteriorated markedly. For current route information consult park staff at the visitor centre. Don’t go to Hooker Hut. A safer and more enjoyable route is to continue along the Hooker Glacier past the Copland Gully to the next moraine terrace. Use the gully beyond this terrace to access the slumped vegetated section of terrace and then the terrace itself. Climb onto the Copland Ridge directly, through pleasant vegetation. The original Copland track started with a zig zag at the base of the ridge before the gut became impassable. That track is still evident and usable in places.
Edward FitzGerald and Mattias Zurbriggen used the pass to the south (‘FitzGerald’) of the Copland Pass in February 1895, whereas Arthur Harper crossed the Copland Pass in March 1895.
Trans-alpine crossing route
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