An epic in the Olivine range. An FMC youth scholarship all female adventure - turned somewhat disaster.
January 2016, somewhere between 14 and 16 days long, I lost count. With Lydia McLean and Katherine Sarcich.
Our initial plan involved a traverse of the entire Olivine's. Starting at Olivine Hut in the Pyke River, and heading up to camp in Diorite stream, before heading over four brothers pass and around to Forgotten River Hotel. Heading up the Forgotten River Col to reach the Olivine Ice Plateau crossing this, and going over Little Ark before heading out along the Gyrae ledge and down to Trinity Pass. Next up were a hop skip and a jump over Invitation and Hurricane Col's and back up the Limbo Glacier to Persephone Col. We then had a checklist of Toreador Peak, Tornado Saddle, Retreat Pinnacles, Halfway Saddle, Remote Peaks to our food drop at Arcade Saddle.
Our mission continued from there around the corner to Joe's Peak, Montieth Glacier and Bald Mountain. Next up were Tararua Peak and Staircase Peak and some very cool tarns, before heading to the road via with Red Spur or Martyr Spur depending on time and motivation.
Needless to say what we actually did was entirely different! So anyone keen to join me to complete the original route, please get in touch, I believe to food is still on Arcade Saddle (I would also be keen on, or happy to contribute to a trip offering to clean this up for us).
We arrived at Greenstone Helicopters mid afternoon to the great news we’d be flying in straight away. After some quick packing, a lesson in Satellite phone care and a weigh in (we just slipped in under the fly threshold) we were on our way. First doing a car shuttle by helicopter. We landed near Olivine Hut, our first and last planned sign of civilization and relaxed for an evening of good food and much anticipation.