Sandbanks Tier

Updated: Feb 23, 2019

I had a free weekday morning, so after school drop offs I hit the road and was on my way towards Poatina. After an hour I was at the start of the route up to Sandbanks Tier. It was a cool day, with drizzle rolling through but after about 5 minutes into the walk it settled down and cleared.... a little. I plugged on initially following a fence line before hitting the scree that led to the summit. This was my first decent scree walk since breaking my ankle on Rat’s Castle in June last year so I was a little wary. But after a few minutes my confidence was back and I was well on the way. I followed a fairly well cairned route through the first band and then crossed a few trees before more scree that got steeper. I clambered up through this as it started to snow. Nice.

I followed the cairns into another thicket of Eucalypts and followed a rough pad and some tape. Around this point the route petered out so I just followed my nose through the brief patch of scrub before hitting the final scree climb to the summit. The wind was stronger and very cold so I was fully rugged up when I arrived on the top. The snowy sleet continued intermittently but wasn’t too bad. I got some limited views to the surrounding peaks and didn’t stay long. After some happy snaps I dropped off the top and found some cairns, following them down before losing the route in the same spot. I came back into the familiar scree field and made my way back down as the sun appeared again. Off with the rain coat and back down the fence line. I was back down at the car 1hr 25mins after starting. Back home again three and a half hours after leaving. A great little trot AND another Abel down.

Sandbanks Tier from near the start of the walk

Great Lake from near the top of Sandbanks Tier

Yours truly on the top of Sandbanks Tier

STATS (Using a Suunto Spartan Ultra)

Distance 3.46km

Time 1hr 28mins

Ascent 308m



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