Jubilee Route from Aoraki Mount Cook to Copland Valley. The Jubilee Route is an alternative route across the Main Divide from the Copland Pass route. The Jubilee Route was pioneered in March 2003 by Anne & Gottlieb Braun-Elwert and Stella Sweney. It was called the Jubilee Route because its first ascent coincided with the 50th Jubilee of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.
FitzGerald Pass links the grandeur of Mount Cook with the West Coast bush and the hot springs at Welcome Flats. It bypasses problems associated with the old route over Copland Pass, such as the retreating Hooker Glacier, the steep and crumbling moraine wall, and rockfall and flooding on the Hooker Lake shore. The Jubilee Route is shorter than the old Copland route.
We recommend November-January inclusive for this route.
2 participants per guide.
Individual bookings welcome. If you end up being the only person on a trip you will have the option of changing to another date or a full refund, or paying the 1:1 price, NZ$2200.
|2013-14 Season: Price per person in NZ$ (valid 1 May 2013 - 30 April 2014)|
|5% returning client discount, if you have been on an Alpine Recreation trip before.|
Please note that on public holidays there will be a surcharge of NZ$80 per person per day.
New Zealand public holidays 2013: New Year 1/1 & 2/1, Waitangi Day 6/2, Good Friday 29/3, Easter Monday 1/4, Anzac Day 25/4, Labour Day 28/10, Christmas Day 25/12, Boxing Day 26/12.
New Zealand public holidays 2014: New Year 1/1 & 2/1, Waitangi Day 6/2, Good Friday 18/4, Easter Monday 21/4, Anzac Day 25/4, Labour Day 27/10, Christmas Day 25/12, Boxing Day 26/12.
Included: guide for 3½ days, food for 4 days, transport from Lake Tekapo to Mount Cook, all climbing equipment including crampons, ice axe, helmet and harness, hut fees for Douglas Rock Hut, National Parks concession fees, 15% GST.
Meals and accommodation before/after tour are NOT included.
Hut fees at Welcome Flats Hut ($15) and bus transport at the end of the trip are NOT included.
» Douglas Rock and Welcome Flats Huts, in the Copland Valley, are public huts which can't be booked.
» The huts work on a first come first served basis.
» Hut fees are to be paid to Westland National Park.
» Climbers must carry their own sleeping bags, food, stove, fuel and cooking utensils to the huts.
» Participants need to be very fit in order to accomplish the crossing from the Hooker Valley to Douglas Rock Hut in a single day (approx 10-11 hours).
» Previous mountaineering experience and good cramponing and ice axe skills are essential.
» We strongly recommend that participants do a guided Ball Pass Crossing or Introductory Climbing Course with Alpine Recreation first in order to learn the necessary mountaineering skills and to allow guides to assess participants' suitability.
» DAY 1:
12 noon gear check at the Alpine Recreation office, 30 Murray Place, Lake Tekapo. Drive to Mt Cook, hike up the Hooker Valley and climb up to the base of the rock bluffs. Camp here. 3 hours hiking.
» DAY 2:
The guide will belay you up the 150m of exposed but technically easy rock until you reach snow slopes that lead to the north-eastern part of the Stewart Glacier. You climb steep snow and ice slopes and around crevasses until you reach a shoulder where the view opens up to the south face of Aoraki Mount Cook.
A steep snow traverse leads to the final slope that takes you to FitzGerald Pass, 2109m. (About 4-5 hours climbing up to the pass.)
From FitzGerald Pass it is a short and easy descent to the top section of the Copland Valley route. From here, although there is a track, it has become a lot rougher and more difficult to find, due to washouts, and old avalanche debris. The guide will continue with you to Douglas Rock Hut, another 5-6 hours from the pass, making it a 10-11 hour day altogether.
The guide will return to Mount Cook Village, taking your crampons, ice-axe and helmet (if you have borrowed them from us), and you will continue on your own. From Douglas Rock Hut to Welcome Flats Hut takes 3 hours.
Welcome Flats Hut to road end is 6-7 hours.
» The route involves climbing a rock buttress and a steep and crevassed glacier. There is a 20m wide section of danger from ice avalanches.
FitzGerald Pass is a Main Divide crossing and traverses steep snow slopes. Hence, fine weather, safe snow conditions and good timing play a pivotal role for a successful journey.
» WARNING TO UNGUIDED PARTIES:
Fitzgerald Pass via the Jubilee route is a high alpine climb. Only experienced mountaineers should attempt this route unguided. Good judgement to assess avalanche hazards and an exact knowledge of the route are essential.
The route is not marked on the ground and should not be attempted in reverse, i.e. descending after coming from the West Coast, unless climbers are absolutely familiar with finding the correct line. Missing the top of the buttress is a very serious proposition. Because of the climbing over steep terrain climbers' packs must not be too heavy.
Alpine Recreation provides all trekking and mountaineering equipment. Outdoor clothing, packs and boots can also be provided at no extra cost if necessary. Fitzgerald/Copland Pass Clothing & Equipment list.
Accommodation pre-/post- tour:
As the trip involves a pre-dawn start from Mount Cook Village, you need to book accommodation in Tekapo or Mount Cook Village the night before. Accommodation options in Tekapo.
In case of accident New Zealand's Accident Compensation scheme (ACC) will cover the majority of costs (about 80%) involved with evacuation and injury treatment, even for visitors to New Zealand. However you still need ordinary travel insurance to cover such things as your cancellation if an injury prevents you taking part on the trip, or a close relative suddenly becomes ill; and medical insurance in case you become ill. More information re Accident Compensation. The New Zealand Alpine Club provides a good mountaineering specific travel insurance.