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 can 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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