Mather Creek

18th December 2021

v4a4III***

Haast Pass / Tioripātea,

Mount Aspiring National Park

 

Descent with Gavin Barry-Morgan, Hugh Simons, and Rachel Jones.

After getting Hugh back into canyoning with a post-lockdown lap of Cross Creek the previous evening, we were joined by Rachel to crank it up a notch and make a descent of Mather Creek.

The walk in starts from Pleasant Flat Campsite and after checking flows at the final Arch Pool, climbs steeply up the true right of the creek. We tried to follow a GPS track on Gavin’s phone, which was mostly successful. At one point we managed to lose the tattered old pink tape markers on the trees, but regained the trail further up.

The flow was generally low, but the pools were still deep enough for jumps, including the sendy 14m. None of us were feeling brave enough to jump the final pitch into the Arch Pool, so abseiled it instead. After a very slimy scramble up the arch itself, we all jumped the 6m into the foaming water.

Mathers Creek 18th December 2021

Rachel sliding into a deep pool

Mathers Creek 18th December 2021

Rachel abseiling an early pitch

Mathers Creek 18th December 2021

A bit of a zig-zag pitch requiring a crossing of the main flow. Gavin provides a fireman’s belay for the next person

Mathers Creek 18th December 2021

Gavin leaping off a slippery takeoff. Access to this is via an equally slippery abseil/sidle. Disconnecting from the rope while keeping your footing was a delicate procedure

Mathers Creek 18th December 2021

Rachel leaping off the same slippery takeoff

Mathers Creek 18th December 2021

Gavin abseiling a short pitch…

Mathers Creek 18th December 2021

…while Rachel just takes it in her stride

Mathers Creek 18th December 2021

Hugh abseiling one of the final pitches

Mathers Creek 18th December 2021

Me leaping off the 14m jump

Mathers Creek 18th December 2021

Me dropping off the slimy arch into the final pool

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