Trip Report AAWT Winter Traverse 2018

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  1. Outdoors

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    Hi Folks,
    Terra's rekindling of John Robertson's query about the AAWT in winter has prompted me to spend the last couple of days putting together the photos and writings that my brother and I have from our trip last year. I've barely looked at the photos since and have viewed almost none of the 250GB of 4K footage that we have. Hopefully oneday I'll find the time to put a video together as I am pretty sure we got some nice footage. During the trip I was focused a lot more on getting video than stills but have now edited the photos and put them together online. If you are interested in the AAWT in winter you might like to briefly check out:

    https://markoates.exposure.co/australian-alps-walking-track
     
  2. Rabid K9

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    Great read, great photos.

    Very, very cool & epic. Picked a good season.

    How were the feet afterwards? Weight loss was noticeable well & truly in the photos.
     
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    I spent a very pleasant time reading about your adventures. I've done almost all of that route, but mostly just in summer and at about half the speed you guys moved at.

    It bought back horrible memories of struggling in torrential rain through nearly impenetrable jungle in the valley east of Mt Wills, pleasant memories of having Craig Doubleday as a guide on a few package hiking tours I ran (based at Thredbo, Falls and D.P), the coldest night of my life at Oldfields Hut and the perfect bliss of seeing the Crosscut Saw under heavy snow.

    Thanks for writing such an enjoyable trip report.
     
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    Epic
    :thumbs:
     
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    great report and incredible effort!
     
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    Great report and photos Mark.
     
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  7. Chaeron

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    Thanks for sharing Mark,

    I really enjoyed the story and the wonderful photos. Congratulations on an awesome achievement.

    I’ve skied Falls to Hotham in a day so can appreciate what your longer days involved, and enjoyed your take on Nelse, Feathertop and Bogong which I’ve also skied.

    Your report inspires me to get into NSW onto the Main Range and up the Crosscut Saw in winter as I’ve done in summer, as well as do a more extended tour this winter.

    I loved the upbeat, simple style of your writing - very encouraging.
     
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  8. Outdoors

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    Thanks Chaeron and Everyone. Really appreciate the kind comments!

    Rabid K9 - feet were definitely a huge issue and admittedly still suffering slightly. Andy never had bunions prior to this trip but now does. I already had bunions but they got much worse on the trip and now cause me problems where previously they were not really an issue.

    Cheers All
     
  9. Undies

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    Awesome TR and photos! Love your work.
     
  10. NewTurns

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    Whole different level of Trip Report.
    Had a quick read at work but saving for a quiet read to savour!
    Thanks
    If you sold tickets to launch a vid one day you deserve to fill the Enmore Theatre and then some.
     
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  11. CarveMan

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    Only word for it really.
     
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  12. Rabid K9

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    Poor feet. Must have had a thrashing!! How often did you manage to get your boots dry? Looked like a lot of those nasty near freezing conditions. Andy (I think) looking surprisingly relaxed on some of those brisk river crossing.

    Pack weights?

    Have suffered a little from 'non freezing cold injuries' to feet on winter trips in Tassie before, surprised about how severe it could be & how long took to recover.
     
  13. bluestick

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    Thanks, amazing and inspiring report. As already said, truly epic and legendary.
     
  14. GS

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    An amazing experience, well written with superb pics. Look forward to the film one day. I am in awe of your constant smiles, not sure I'd always be finding the conditions and early starts something to smile about.

    Can bunnions be successfully operated on these days? My mother suffers them and they really cause her grief. She wishes she'd done something about them decades ago
     
  15. John Robertson

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    btw...to Mark and Andy Oates...a huge, huge congrats for what you both achieved last year...Like many others, I followed your journey closely and learned so much from your daily posts. Not many have done what you have done! You guys are legends! Thanks for your inspiration.
     
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    Thank you very much for the inspiring article and great photos.
     
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    Just incredible!!