Vane Stream (difficult to cross near the Evans River) can all be travelled on the true left from the Wanganui to the Essex Jn, sidling a bluff at J34 365741. Go right up to the bluff and climb a hidden scrubby ledge diagonally downvalley. About 20m height up, sidle upvalley for 100m and drop down quickly under another bluff to gravel again. (Sidling on the true right between the Wanganui and the Essex becomes impractical at J34 365744 where a bluff makes crossing necessary). Above the Essex, continue on the true left, climbing out towards the Main Divide slightly from the Wilberg Glacier branch up old moraine. Mt Lord, the Hazard and Whitcombe can then be approached from here.
When Mildred Huggins and Joan Singleton crossed from the Ramsay Glacier over Strachan Pass and Mt Lord to head out down the Wanganui River on 30th December 1934, Essex Ice blocked right across the whole Vane Valley. Vane Stream plunged down through a hole in its centre.