Hi . On 9/12/19 Your correspondent in the field went to recover an unused supply drop for a proposed Trap yard Gap XC ski tour. I hid the buckets of goodies so well near Faithful's hut that I had to look really hard to relocate them. I also stopped and looked at a few huts near the BHP road on the way back to Myrtleford. Myrtleford was like an oven that Monday night and I did not sleep a wink. Then over the next 36 hours I went and tackled Champion spur . I have now walked every route there is ( bar the NE spur) for the Razorback and Mt. Feathertop access. It is described as Walk no.11 in the guidebook by Glenn Van der thingy. The trip started by ascending the Bungalow spur. The Bungalow spur foot track is in good order .It was cut and slashed back in April 2019. It was sweaty work going up it in summer and the last few km.s always seem to be the toughest. There was no water in the tank at Fed. hut so I was wise to fill up 7 Litres at the spring that is situated near the old Hut ruins site on the Bungalow spur.It was flowing well from a pipe that someone had left situated under some rocks so that a spout of water fills containers quickly. Being a total fire ban and quite warm I cooked some lunch inside Fed. hut and then pressed on to the scenic but dry campsite near High Knob , on top of the Diamantina Spur. Being a clear and sunny made for good walking and camping there with my BYO water and a squillion flies to keep me company I set up camp , drank some water and had a snooze inside my tent away from the insects. I ate a dry camp dinner and went off to bed at dusk with my Tim Winton novel. At day break on 11/12/19 I woke up and was packed up and walking at 0645. I made good time past the Twin Knobs on a fine summer morning to the Westward facing crest of the Champion Spur at 1749 M. ASL. I pushed my way down through the scrub . The GPS contained pre made way points that I had set at home so that I kept on the top of the spur. The clear weather helped me see where I was going. The spur was VERY STEEP and quite overgrown. It was slow going and I used my own experience to ignore what the GPS told me when I could see with my own eyes whether I was on track, on course and on top of the spur or not. Eventually I dropped out of the Snow Gum area and emerged into a burnt and fallen Mountain Ash area at approx. 1400 M. There were very many fallen logs to scramble over. The SV map and the GPS showed the re cut East Ovens / Champion Spur fire trail was situated slightly to the south side of the crest of the spur. I kept pushing West along this line expecting to find the bulldozed track. Then the GPS told me that I was walking parallel with the fire trail. I followed a deer track westwards , with the top of the spur in sight. It was very slow going. I could hear the honking of the deer. The fire trail was so close, so near , but I was so far away from the Fire trail . It was 1030am. I was hungry, sweaty and fatigued. I was going the right way namely west but at the wrong elevation of the spur. The best thing to do was push back up onto the crest of the spur and just go west following the direction of the top of the spur as seen on the SV map and keep on with the compass use every ten steps or so.. I had a few highly apprehensive moments of "Oh Sh*te, I am a bit geographically embarrassed here" and the like , but I got myself into this and now I was getting myself out of it. Again. My experience told me to stay calm, go back up on the top of the spur, stop, eat, regroup and look at the real SV Map. The Garmin Topo map was showing the position of the fire trail as being somewhere at variance with the SV map and my own sorely tested reality. No sooner had I reached the top of the spur there it was! The FIRE TRAIL, just as I popped out the bush. Thank F**k!. What a relief. I joined it at about 1350 M . Now Big Kev (also from the Bushwalking forum) who also did this trek as a descent found the re cut fire trail at possibly 1390 M. He may have gone down the side of the spur at one point too but he too climbed back up and found his way . I sat down ,rested, relaxed, ate some food and had a look at the SV Map. Navigation worries were over. Oh Happy days. However the bush bash and the slightly distressing experience of being so near and yet so far from the Fire Trail were replaced by a near vertical slog that was like 7 KNOBS tracks back to back :-0 , almost vertically dropping down the spine of the spur on loose rock and bark all the way back to the East Branch of the Ovens river. The weather and air temperature were heating up especially as I dropped down in elevation. It was hideous and never ending. Oh my poor knees and quadriceps.My hiking poles saved me from falling over a couple of times at least. I hit the river at 1330 and was ready for a break. Then having refilled with cold fresh running water, I ate some trail mix and consulted the map and the GPS ( with new batteries) I went off to find the last 2-3 kms back to Harrietville. At very worst I would simply have to walk down stream in the river. However that was not necessary. I did do 10+ boots on river crossings until I found the locked MVO gate and made myself walk back to the Bungalow Spur car park via a short cut behind the Dredge Pool and through somebody's back yard. Would I do it again? Probably not. Would I do it up hill rather than down hill ?. Definitely not.It was an ordeal and type 2 fun of the first order. My legs are so sore and my overall level of fatigue will take days of less rigorous activity in order to recover. That trek included over 1000 M. ascending and then 1000 M. descending in 24 hours. :-0 I will post some photos soon.