Copland / Fitzgerald Pass is a challenging alpine crossing of the Southern Alps from the Hooker Valley to the Copland Valley. It follows the Jubilee Route over Fitzgerald Pass which is the modern alternative to the historic Copland Pass route across the Main Divide.

Statistics

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1,905

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2,626

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31

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Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Extreme

Description

Copland / Fitzgerald Pass is a challenging alpine crossing of the Southern Alps from the Hooker Valley to the Copland Valley.

It follows the Jubilee Route over Fitzgerald Pass which is the modern alternative to the historic Copland Pass route across the Main Divide and bypasses problems associated with the old route, caused by the retreating Hooker Glacier (the steep and crumbling moraine wall, and rockfall and flooding on the Hooker Lake shore). The Jubilee Route over Fitzgerald Pass was pioneered in March 2003 by Anne & Gottlieb Braun-Elwert and Stella Sweney.

It was called the Jubilee Route because the first crossing coincided with the 50th Jubilee of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Previous mountaineering experience and good cramponing and ice axe skills are essential.

The route crosses steep snow slopes, glaciers, rough alpine scree and boulder fields, alpine scrub and tussock slopes.

It is often necessary to cross large deposits of avalanche debris (which typically slide off from the overhead slopes during spring).

From the Hooker Lake to Douglas Rock Hut there is mostly no trail visible. A good trip to do in preparation for this is Ball Pass - the modern route. Enjoy this adventurous alpine crossing of the Southern Alps Main Divide with a guide - Alpine Recreation employ a friendly team of professional IFMGA / NZMGA mountain guides.