Category Archives: Lewis Pass Tops

Snowstorm at Brass Monkey Biv – Part II

Having made it to the tiny Brass Monkey Biv, I'm forced to wait out an extended snowstorm. Another wild night ensues.  Such is the force of the wind and the extent of the snow that it begins to blow through the cross pipes so that powder begins to float onto my face even though I’m…
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Snowstorm at Brass Monkey Biv – Part I

Lewis Pass 2010 It’s been two years since my last foray into Lewis Pass during winter.  What do I hate about the region?  The difficult challenges it provides in the midst of winter.  What do I love about the region?  The difficult challenges it provides in the midst of winter.  Previous trips have involved sleeping…
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Winter at Lewis Pass – Part 3

By the time I reach the Doubtful River weather conditions have worsened and a soaking rain falls as I trudge down river towards the crossing point for the route up Devilskin Stream.  The river is considerably swollen and though not impassable any crossing will involve an element of risk.  To add to the difficulty the…
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Winter tramp at Lewis Pass- Part 2

Having been waylaid for four days in Christchurch waiting for my lost pack to arrive, I then spent half a day walking from Hanmer Springs to the Lake Sumner Forest Park.  The nearby St James Walkway has been closed due to heavy snow and conditions are about to get very interesting as I start the…
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