Victorian Alps Bogong High Plains easy overnighter

Chaeron

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Jun 24, 2014
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Took a little overnight stroll along the Bogong High Plains between Cope and Young’s hut - an easy 24km with a 16kg pack.

On the way in to Falls I drove the Tawonga Gap Track up to Mt Porepunkah into Havilah off Happy Valley - requires low 4x4, but a beautiful little offroad epic with lovely views - highly recommended!

Falls Creek as busy as I’ve ever seen it in summer - bikers, hikers, mountain bikers, road cyclists, runners, paddlers, fishermen, bush campers...

I encountered more people on the trail in 2 days than I normally would in a full year’s hiking!

Past Mount Jim it’s normally reasonably quiet...

Late rains means more flowers into late December than usual, but with the usual contingent of flies.

2 additional impressions - more of us should ski Mt McKay, and they should just shoot the bloody horses on the Plains before they do more damage- which is already considerable.

I celebrated the joys of a new lightweight pack (70L Exped Thunder -1.8 kg) by rollerblading 10km between Ovens and Porepunkah on the tarred cycle track once I’d done hiking.

Just look at those skiable lines off Mt McKay - side-country at its best!

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Lovely horse, but it and it’s mob of 10 (including a young foal) on Young’s ridge beyond Mt Jim are as misplaced as the rabbits in my herb garden!

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Horses are not a good combination with delicate sphagnum bogs - a season or two of horse activity irreversibly destroys a fragile ecosystem thousands of years in the making..


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On the way through the Kiewa valley the mist over Falls (fog over Rockey Valley Reservoir) looked deceptively like snow... wishful thinking. Good to see people taking to the skies!

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Late meadow flowers in all their glory.

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Storm clouds threatening over the skeletons of dead snow gums - a fragile environment!
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The flies shared my appreciation of the new Exped backpack!

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echidna

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We just came back from a few days at Falls. Yes definitely busier than usual which seemed to be catching a few of the locals by surprise. I expect due to the woes in NSW which probably curtailed a few interstate plans, like ours. There were quite a few hungry travellers milling about the village queueing for the few places which were open, and fooderies seemed to be having staffing and supplies problems. But nice problems to be having after the year just gone.

Unfortunately agreed about the horses. Even as a feral they are kinda cool, but they don't belong and they do a lot of damage. It's just hard to hate them.

And yes I can vouch for Mt Mackay. It's a great place to play on the way back from the Fainters, Jaithmathangs and Tawonga Huts. :thumbs:
 

Mister Tee on XC Skis

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Took a little overnight stroll along the Bogong High Plains between Cope and Young’s hut - an easy 24km with a 16kg pack.

On the way in to Falls I drove the Tawonga Gap Track up to Mt Porepunkah into Havilah off Happy Valley - requires low 4x4, but a beautiful little offroad epic with lovely views - highly recommended!

Falls Creek as busy as I’ve ever seen it in summer - bikers, hikers, mountain bikers, road cyclists, runners, paddlers, fishermen, bush campers...

I encountered more people on the trail in 2 days than I normally would in a full year’s hiking!

Past Mount Jim it’s normally reasonably quiet...

Late rains means more flowers into late December than usual, but with the usual contingent of flies.

2 additional impressions - more of us should ski Mt McKay, and they should just shoot the bloody horses on the Plains before they do more damage- which is already considerable.

I celebrated the joys of a new lightweight pack (70L Exped Thunder -1.8 kg) by rollerblading 10km between Ovens and Porepunkah on the tarred cycle track once I’d done hiking.

Just look at those skiable lines off Mt McKay - side-country at its best!

C7129FB0-53CB-4F19-A267-B90B54735C69.jpeg


Lovely horse, but it and it’s mob of 10 (including a young foal) on Young’s ridge beyond Mt Jim are as misplaced as the rabbits in my herb garden!

BA015D3F-B827-4210-AB61-02AF7DD92A00.jpeg


Horses are not a good combination with delicate sphagnum bogs - a season or two of horse activity irreversibly destroys a fragile ecosystem thousands of years in the making..


F2527248-9BFD-4197-AE37-64DF42F877CD.jpeg


On the way through the Kiewa valley the mist over Falls (fog over Rockey Valley Reservoir) looked deceptively like snow... wishful thinking. Good to see people taking to the skies!

D575247D-34D6-4776-827F-3767D9161C88.jpeg


Late meadow flowers in all their glory.

F5A5EECE-97D0-408F-B16B-4B5990957BD5.jpeg


Storm clouds threatening over the skeletons of dead snow gums - a fragile environment!
A2E76C31-3D11-43C1-BA99-B8592C611602.jpeg


The flies shared my appreciation of the new Exped backpack!

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The flies up there were intense this week. I always take a head net and wear long sleeves and pants for summer walking in the BHP area.
 
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