A traverse of the Torlesse Range is a real Canterbury classic. Stretching north-eastwards from Porter's Pass, the rolling skyline is visible on every trip to and from Arthur's Pass. Mostly gentle undulating scree tops, but the jagged section between Castle Hill Peak and Red Peak holds a sting in the tail. The distinctive 'Gap' in the ridge, a sheer square notch, provides mystery and challenge for when energy reserves run low.
Jono Dobbs and I set off from the Avoca Homestead on the morning following a storm. The campsite was recovering from the Canterbury University Tramping Club's annual 'Bush Ball'. Blue clouds pierced through gloom promising a fine day on the range. And the 25km traverse across to Porters Pass was an absolute classic. Enjoy these photos from the Torlesse Range Traverse, a highly recommended Canterbury outing.