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Old 04-27-2014, 12:49 AM   #16
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Awesome photos, thanks for sharing.

Is it a public "road"?

Where do you access the mountain from?
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Old 04-27-2014, 01:09 AM   #17
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It is accessed via North bank Rd on the Western side of Wairau river. You ride up staircase road, past lake Chalice & onto the top ridge. It is all public - lots of forestry below. It is pretty well maintained & popular with walkers & the occasional MTBers.

Forgot to mention that on the bottom forestry rds we came across a skidder taking up the whole of the road as it slowly rolled to a new skidder site. They are bloody tall & was hitting the tops of the poplars & beeches as it moved. The ute driver in front waved us past as he saw us in the mirror. I cautiously rode alongside the skidder overtaking it as a branch fell from a great height just in front of the bike the driver pissed himself. i gave it a bit more throttle
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Old 04-27-2014, 02:27 AM   #18
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Pity I didn't locate that when I was down South. I did do a little research because I recalled you guys going up there in winter, & thought it'd be a good ride. Next time.
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Old 04-27-2014, 02:32 AM   #19
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Forgot to mention that on the bottom forestry rds we came across a skidder taking up the whole of the road as it slowly rolled to a new skidder site. They are bloody tall & was hitting the tops of the poplars & beeches as it moved. The ute driver in front waved us past as he saw us in the mirror. I cautiously rode alongside the skidder overtaking it as a branch fell from a great height just in front of the bike the driver pissed himself. i gave it a bit more throttle
Yer it wasn't exactly a twig that fell, I saw it coming down and then prudently waited until he was out of the trees before gunning it
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Old 04-27-2014, 02:41 AM   #20
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There are times when it's better to be the second in line. I was really worried when I saw it unfold.












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Old 04-27-2014, 02:47 AM   #21
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It is accessed via North bank Rd on the Western side of Wairau river. You ride up staircase road, past lake Chalice & onto the top ridge. It is all public - lots of forestry below. It is pretty well maintained & popular with walkers & the occasional MTBers.
Thanks Padmei, somewhere I will head next time I am in the Mainland :-)

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Old 04-27-2014, 06:51 PM   #22
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Aww looks like I missed a good trip! Good call on skipping the beach to make the most of that weather.

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Old 04-28-2014, 07:55 PM   #23
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Mt Altimarloch?
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:03 PM   #24
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Mt Altimarloch?
Guess I need to get the maps out but I'm keen

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Old 04-28-2014, 10:03 PM   #25
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A neighbour thinks that he may be able to arrange access. I don't know where exactly it is.
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It's a public road so no permission required. Head towards Molesworth station and hang a right where the seal ends. Go through the left hand gate and follow your nose I may tag along if outsiders are allowed, and depending on work/ days off
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Old 04-28-2014, 11:40 PM   #27
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Off the Molesworth on the Western side right by a high fence.

The only caution I would pass on is that it can be incredibly bleak up there & strong winds can throw you off the side. I would choose the calmest day you can. Also when I went up on the Nthn Dusty Butt the road was littered with big rocks. it was hard on my KLR. I would prob hesitate to take Schmidt up there for fear of sumping out on a rogue rock.
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:03 AM   #28
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I see, if it's this rough it might not be a good idea after all. It's getting a bit close to winter. However, if a fine day came up, it might still be worth a try. I can always turn around if it gets too shitty.
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Never been up there so am as keen as a keen thing. Weather,work etc permitting.
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Old 04-29-2014, 01:56 AM   #30
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I checked it out on the map this evening, looks like the first half is climbing along some steepish country with some switchbacks, and then follows the ridge west towards the peak.

As you say Kokopelli, turning back is always an option.

I'm keen as
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