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Bogong - Camp Ck Gap track and Eskdale/Michell's

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by AndrewA, Jul 2, 2018.

  1. AndrewA

    AndrewA One of Us

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    Camp Ck Gap track in from Mtn Ck via Trappers Gap Rd was all in pretty good condition last weekend. No trees down, and very few loose rocks. A bit of mud as you climb up before going down to CCG, which I reckon I could have done in a 2WD.

    Eskdale Spur track also in pretty good condition - only a few small branches down across it, the largest being about 6" diameter, which was an easy step across. It's taking me some getting used to all the zigging and zagging of the new route above the creek.

    Water tap on tank at Michell's remains a problem. It didn't unfreeze all weekend, which was a PITA. As Ubiquitous Steve has mentioned before , it needs a gate valve. Maybe the next one up could measure the thread size - it looked like a normal garden tap that is on it at the moment, and , unless there's a plumber on the forum, or Nat Parks are prepared to change it, then someone else might risk a tap change over...might lose a fair bit of water in the process, but it should refill pretty quickly.

    Not much wood in hut , and log book has no more pages. Daughters also tell me the dunny is pretty well full for what it's worth.

    Andrew A
     
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  2. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Did you try pouring some boiling water over the tap? That has worked for me there before.
     
  3. AndrewA

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    No. Last year I lit the stove under it and eventually got it going, but that was a sit on top canister stove, so I could hold the canister, and it took quite a long time. I normally use a remote canister stove, which makes it difficult to hold! I didn't think of boiling water, given how long the stove took to work. Stove also v difficult to use if windy...will try boiling water next time.

    A
     
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    I can vouch for the MSR Whisperlite as a good blowtorch to thaw taps
     
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    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    You only need to get a drizzle moving, it will eventually give way.
     
  6. Ricardo64

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    Hi everyone
    I'd be really interested to know what would the conditions of the track would be, Camp Ck Gap track and Eskdale spur track.
    Has anyone been up recently ?
    how low would you anticipate the snow line to be?
    Would be interested in doing a 3 day trip? any thoughts or advice
     
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    For a 3 dayer - Head up to Michells and camp there, leaving the heavy gear there. ‘Day trip up to the summit and ski around there’ @AndrewA
     
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    Agree with @Chaeron....slogging over the top with a big pack is cool for longer trip but if you actually want to ski or check things out other than suffering stay near michells For me camp ck gap to michells is only 1.5hrs ish with a big pack
     
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    mr Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    And then same again to summit w day pack. On a good sunny day you can ski the slushies back to michell
     
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    Xplora One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    The road up to Camp Crk gap will suffer from the odd fallen tree and will be snow affected for a time when systems provide low snow (like the current one). That could take a day or so to clear. It is popular enough now that you may be lucky to have any trees cleared by someone else before you, otherwise carry a saw.
     
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    A week ago I rode all the way down to mountain creek!
     
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    Tanuki A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Serious?
     
  14. Ricardo64

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    where is the best place to park if you want to go up the eskdale spur track to Mitchells? would I be better to park near where the trailheads at trappers gap track or before at the trailhead at Mountain creek rd?

    what are your thoughts?
     
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    Xplora One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    If you can get to Camp Creek gap then you can park there and you are at the start of the Eskdale spur track. It will be obvious. You will probably see lots of other cars parked as well.
     
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    Not right down to camp creek gap, just where you cross mountain creek on Eskdale track about 2/3rds of the way down. I split skied a few hundred meters more then it started getting a bit “coreshotty” for my liking.







    If it’s windy, this is a possibility you may have to deal with! I didn’t have a chainsaw, so this added about 4 km to my day, luckily it was an easy 4km return skin. Some kindly chainsaw wielding maniac had made short work of it by the time I got back that evening.

     
  17. Ricardo64

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    hefty looking Logs ???
     
  18. Ricardo64

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    I like the Karakoram Prime's they work well, whats the carbon high back like
     
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    Endless_Winter One of Us

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    Seems quite strong (and light - every weight saving is good). I haven’t broken one yet, which is pretty good as these are almost 5 years old.
     
  20. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    I could cut that with my 16 inch bar Makita chainsaw.I would start the cut from underneath the log.
     
  21. Ricardo64

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    yeah, yeah and I could suck start your hedge trimmer makita...use a Stihl farm boss something with gonads. However, would agree totally, an undercut would be appropriate unless you want to leave the bar and chain behind.
     
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  22. Mister Tee on XC Skis

    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Silver

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    I know Stihl make better chainsaws, I was just saying the under cut would be the way to go.
     
  23. Ricardo64

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    I totally agree with the undercut, however just toying with you on the chainsaw regard. any saw that does the job is a good saw see..
     
  24. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    Would you be interested in a Mulhauser spur trip to Cleve Cole Hut in the 2019 season? .You'd need 4 nights at least to make it worth it. It is a big drive and a real slog on snow shoes or skis with a heavy pack to get there.The XC ski season is so short I can't cram everything into one white season.
     
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  25. Ricardo64

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    I can't see why not, it's such a long time away. I am actually planning a trip up to Mitchells hut and some splitboarding around there as I think it has been a fantastic season.
     
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