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Distance

12.34 mi

Elevation gain

3,474 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

3,474 ft

Max elevation

4,621 ft

Trailrank

32

Min elevation

1,122 ft

Trail type

Loop
  • Photo of Rock and Pillar Ascent and return
  • Photo of Rock and Pillar Ascent and return
  • Photo of Rock and Pillar Ascent and return
  • Photo of Rock and Pillar Ascent and return
  • Photo of Rock and Pillar Ascent and return
  • Photo of Rock and Pillar Ascent and return

Time

3 hours 3 minutes

Coordinates

4405

Uploaded

January 29, 2013

Recorded

January 2013

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4,621 ft
1,122 ft
12.34 mi

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near Ngapuna, Otago (New Zealand)

The best way to climb to the top of the Rock and Pillar from the Strath Taieri valley close to Middlemarch but it's quite a grunt! The challenge is the length of the climb. It takes me close to 2 hours to climb. The track itself is mostly excellent (see pics). It gets a bit rocky in the second half but surface is not the challenge. It occasionally gets over a 10% gradient and rarely over 20%. It's a four-wheel drive track. There are no real technical difficulty apart from some steepish section and the fact that it gets steeper in the second half. Physically this is difficult. The downhill is fast and the switchbacks with loose gravels can be treacherous. It only took me 20 minutes to get down.
Once at the top you can connect to other tracks. Just below the top, there is a side track to the left to a hut. At the top there are several tracks. Picnic lunch under the bog rock at the top (the one you can see from all over the valley) is a good option.

Choose a windless day as the tops are extremely exposed and a breeze in the valley can be gale wind on top! The alpine mosses and lichens at the top are magnificent (see picture).

For a full loop to the top, along the tops and back down south of Middlemarch, check this out: http://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=7308683

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