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Camping near hotham or mt Buller

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by Lil_powlesy, Jun 6, 2016.

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  1. tcornall

    tcornall Early Days

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    Is the west ridge ski-able to any extent, for someone who has an aversion to slopes where 'if you fall you will die'? i.e. is is worth taking skis there, or is it a snowshoe/crampon/ice-axe jobby? I don't mind a bit of climbing whilst carrying the skis but if there isn't anywhere to put them on, I'd rather leave them behind.
     
  2. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    It’s pretty spicy out there.
     
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    GS A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Snow camping is actively encouraged on Stirling, but they do have toilets in various places.

    https://www.mtstirling.com.au/activities/snow-camping/
     
  4. mr

    mr Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    yeah its a crampons walk up mostly, with some exposure, and the occasional, thoughtful move with a big pack. Conditions could vary from an ice block to slush, in the same day.

    we camped in that flat spot, just under that headwall far left....i believe we might have accidentally passed a resort management sign further down.........it was obscured by snow i recall........ as you can see, there is some skiing in the area.....but from this point down it would be fairly sketchy unless big cover
     
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  5. mr

    mr Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Bogong Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    The West Ridge is usually icy or hard snow, you really want to have crampons, an ice axe and know how to use the axe to self arrest, as even with crampons you are likely to slip over a few times and it is a very long way down to the tree line.

    That said, in 2013 I took a group up there in snow that is best described as waist deep porridge. There was no danger of people sliding hundreds of metres on that trip, they just stopped where they fell. But ploughing through that crud to get up to the summit ridge was exhausting.
     
  7. sidetrack

    sidetrack One of Us

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    I’ve camped at the base of west ridge. Makes for an interesting trip back when your legs are less than fresh.