Kepler Track - Clockwise, or anti clockwise ?

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Kepler Track - Clockwise, or anti clockwise ?

Postby stry » Wed 01 May, 2019 3:24 pm

Thinking of this trip for Autumn 2020 and wondering if either direction of travel has any benefits over the other.

Thoughts ?

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Re: Kepler Track - Clockwise, or anti clockwise ?

Postby wayno » Wed 01 May, 2019 3:32 pm

Anti, it splits the climbing up into two days. going clockwise you get the vast majority of climbing in one day and the steepest ascent.
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Re: Kepler Track - Clockwise, or anti clockwise ?

Postby stry » Thu 02 May, 2019 5:07 pm

Thanks Wayno :)
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Re: Kepler Track - Clockwise, or anti clockwise ?

Postby wayno » Fri 03 May, 2019 11:26 am

the track zig zags on the te anau side and the iris burn end, but for some reason the iris burn zig zag is a lot steeper.. for that reason the recommendation is go anti clockwise and the vast majority of people do.., tends to be people who couldnt get bookings on the right nights in the huts end up going clockwise.
the ridgeline is up and down a lot as it is...
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Re: Kepler Track - Clockwise, or anti clockwise ?

Postby Ms_Mudd » Sun 23 Jun, 2019 4:05 pm

Thanks. Info like this is invaluable, this forum has saved my legs more than once from unnecessary additional 'ups n downs'
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Re: Kepler Track - Clockwise, or anti clockwise ?

Postby Walk_fat boy_walk » Sun 23 Jun, 2019 8:55 pm

I remember there being a ridiculous number of switchbacks on the iris burn side? Something close to a hundred??

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