Story: Tramping

Scree running

Scree running

Trampers run down the Bealey Slide in Arthur’s Pass National Park. A scree slide or slope is a fan of shattered rock that stretches down from a bluff. You can make a very quick descent if the rock pieces are small enough. It is similar to running down a sand dune – you leap into the air and when you land the rocks under your feet give and slide downwards. You can get down a slope in minutes, while climbing it could take over an hour. Scree slopes are most common in Canterbury.

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Carl Walrond, 'Tramping - Equipment and food', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 April 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Jul 2015