5 - 6
FATMAP difficulty grade
This is an alternative route where you skip the busy Bow Hut and go straight to Balfour Hut.
Our GPX tracks are convoluted because we went to take a look at Vulture Col to consider this descent down towards Balfour Hut.
However, it has winder hammered and super icey, so it would have required a rappel down into the ski line.
We decided it wasn't worth it and then took the easier Olive Col route, which is more straight forward.
If you were to consider the Vulture Col route, expect that a rappel maybe necessary.
It also looks like a pretty steep and committing line.