A nice ramble from Avalanche!
Headed up here part way through doing the Avalanche Peak - Lyell Peak - Mt Bealey traverse. Good spot to visit in its own right.
Headed up Avy track. Left it at 1.400 m and headed for the ridge between Avy and Lyell. The followed it to the summit of Lyell, and afterwards all the way to Avy. Scott's down. Great weather and great views. Wish I'd done the whole traverse Bealey, Lyell, Avy.
It was the first day of a five day hike. I ascended Mount Bealey from Arthur's Pass along the Bealey track, then scrambled north to Lyell, Avalanche Peak and beyond, ending the day at Crow hut. By then, my bananas were a bit mushy, so I ate all of them.
In fact, I hadn't planned this, but as I got to Arthur's Pass a few days before, I went into the local DOC office, got to talking to one of the rangers and ended up getting invited to go along on this route with him and a few of his friends! That sounded like an excellent idea to me, so I happily accepted.
I would continue deeper into the wilderness by myself the next day, the others would hike back out from Crow hut. They were great company!
Easy hike from Avalanche Peak. Made it over in no time. Was nice to see a connecting ridge to Bealey. Didn't spend much time at the summit, onward to Bealey!