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Question Blue Lake Late September early October

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by Forest, Aug 1, 2018.

  1. Forest

    Forest Hard Yards

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    G'day

    anyone know about snow conditions around Blue Lake around late September early October and where the best place is to set up camp as close as possible to Blue Lake without actually being in the exclusion area.

    Cheers
     
  2. Snow Blowey

    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Lots of snow. Typically needs sun to soften.
    Camping in the Soil Con Creek catchment permitted.

    Combine with aspects over the top (west side) and you'll find something worth doing unless its socked in cloudy and frozen.
     
  3. Untele-whippet

    Untele-whippet beard stroker Ski Pass: Gold

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    Don’t forget your poo tube.
     
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  4. Snow Blowey

    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    IME fresh snow at this time of year isn't great if the sun is out. It gets sticky and slow really quickly and its unstable. You end up "going for the brown" which means seeking the old dusty snow layer which will typically turn to nice corn and be fun while the white is sticky and horrible.
     
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  5. Forest

    Forest Hard Yards

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    Was planning on going up with a mate for an overnight trip and just skiing the Shutes all day. Awesome !! thanks.
     
  6. Snow Blowey

    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Long days. Best head yonder also to mix it up.
     
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  7. Forest

    Forest Hard Yards

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    OK I have to ask because I have looked everywhere 4+ maps but where on Earth is Soil Con Creek.
     
  8. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Its on your left as you hit the crest to BL on the "yellow brick road".
     
  9. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I have also stayed just down from Headley Tarn, bit harder to get to, but nice stroll with views into BL.
     
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  10. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    Where Soil Conservation Hut used to be.
     
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  11. Forest

    Forest Hard Yards

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    If we were to leave from Gutherga Car park would that be easier to get to then over to Soil Con Creek??
     
  12. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Going from Guthega I would also consider camping in the Twynam bowl area. Means a climb to get back, but a short climb to get a run in.
     
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    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep. Up to the Illawong suspension bridge then head towards Twynam.
     
  14. sbm_

    sbm_ One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I would warn that the October long weekend is usually too late if you want to ski the Blue Lake chutes in good conditions. Often in late season, glide cracks (like mini crevasses) open up at the top of the chutes as the melting snowpack slides downhill, the cornices break off and leave debris everywhere, and the whole snowpack can even fall off as a glide avalanche.

    Go like mid september, from Guthega, camp in Twynam Creek or upper Pounds Creek, get to Blue Lake by popping over the saddle between Twynam and Little Twynam and skiing/riding down Central Gully.