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Epic Bogong 14-15 Aug 05

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by Nothing out-o-bounds, Aug 22, 2005.

  1. Nothing out-o-bounds

    Nothing out-o-bounds First Runs

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    Team,

    I have checked out all the reports from the weekend in question, and am perplexed to see the relatively mixed results (although, some amazing photos!).

    We (One tele, two skiers and a boarder) took off at 1130 Friday night and arrived at Bogong at about 3.30 am Sat. An hour or so 4WD up granite flat spur (reached the gate, but only just) and then 4 hours skin/show up to the summit. The skin up was great - calm, not cold and the snow getting deeper and deeper as we rose (funny that). Set up camp on the summit, and said hello to the few groups who began to arrive. Dropping in for the first few runs was amazing as all I have seen this year has been less that average (near impossible skiing on Feathertop ice, and Buller rubbish).

    The whole mountain was covered in about a foot of fresh, dry and very light pow, considering it was 5 days after the storm. Sat was epic, but the sun hit the norther slopes in the arvo and they all turned rather slow.

    Amazingly, sun morning we still found the same dry pow on the southern slopes, skiing the chutes to the SouthWest of the Summit.

    All up, a brilliant weekend.

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    And this is the bullet-proof Feathertop I mentioned. My partner in crime, who is a lot more experienced than me said it was the wildest conditions he had experienced (Sat night gale than nearly blew us off the ridge)

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  2. Graeme

    Graeme First Runs Endless Winter

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    would love to see the pics, but only red crosses
     
  3. Tad

    Tad First Runs

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    nice pics! :thumbs: :clap:
     
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    C_Bowl First Runs

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    That snowboarder shot is classic, looks like great skiing had by all :thumbs:
     
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    Telestrom A Local

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    For the benefit of people who don't want to click on the links.....

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  6. Telestrom

    Telestrom A Local

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  7. Alex.C

    Alex.C One of Us

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    Nice shots. However it looks like myphotoalbum doesn't like hotlinking in your posts just above, all we see is an animated logo for the site...
     
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  9. Alex.C

    Alex.C One of Us

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    But comes second to SmugMug, not free however but generally worth it.
     
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  10. Graeme

    Graeme First Runs Endless Winter

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    some great shots there :cheers:
     
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    Mr Bent Knee First Runs

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  12. Rush

    Rush Pool Room

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    Where did you take the snowboarder shots from?
     
  13. mr

    mr Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Skyhooks?
     
  14. Nothing out-o-bounds

    Nothing out-o-bounds First Runs

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    Snowboard shots taken from about 100m south of the West Bogong peak, looking back to the summit. I use a fairly long lens, so it enables those sorts of shots.
     
  15. mr

    mr Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    very very noice
     
  16. Nothing out-o-bounds

    Nothing out-o-bounds First Runs

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    That being said, no amount of gear can make up for a heap of fresh snow, and some competent riders. Thanks Team.
     
  17. leebee

    leebee First Runs

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    Great shots.

    I am surprised at your snow report for bogong as we were at Nelse. All rain affected from Friday all day rain show. Must have snowed on Fri the higher mtn.

    Lots of runnels and ruts.

    About 5 cm new snow on Sat night and a howling 60 kmh wind on the way back to Falls - soaked when we got in.

    Leebee
     
  18. Nothing Out of Bounds

    Nothing Out of Bounds First Runs

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    Are you talking about the 14-15th Aug, or this weekend just gone? This TR was from the above date after the big dump and cold weather. I think Nelse got hit bigger than Bogong!
     
  19. positron

    positron Hard Yards Endless Winter

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    I think you have your dates all mixed up.

    The weekend of the 12-14th was fine clear and cold.

    I was up Bogong on the 12th and it was magic.


     
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  20. leebee

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    Sorry duh.

    Yes I got the dates mixed up.

    Leebee
     
  21. Rush

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    What lense? My mate and I use a 70-200mm and that takes some fantastic pics. I took some some decent ones at Hotham on the 12th. Whilst my friend was skiing Mary's face, I stood on the opposing ridge on the Mary's bowl above the chute, and took some nice pics of him.

    Your shots look like heli-shots :thumbs:
     
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  22. Nothing out-o-bounds

    Nothing out-o-bounds First Runs

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    Thanks PG,

    I am a reasonably serious photographer and consequently, suffer for the art. I use an old nikon 801s body, which is way too slow on the auto focus to take good stuff up close at high speed. Because of this, on the hike up, I scope all the angles out, and choose a ridge (like you descibed on Mary's) to shoot from which will be of about the same distance away from the skier on his entire decent (or at least the part I want to shoot). This way, I dont need to worry about too much change in focus.

    I use a fixed 300mm nikon lens (f4). Most pro's will skoff at the speed of this lens, but I cant carry a f2.8 (too big) and as you probably know about snow photography:

    Dont bother taking the camera out of the pack if it isn't sunny; and

    If it is sunny, f5.6 is plenty fast enough.

    So there you have it, my thoughts on snow photography, and you didn't even ask!! Sorry.

    BTW, you would be amazed at the difference the 300mm makes for those far away ridge lines or peaks.
     
  23. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    1 and 3 - glorious. Well done mate, very lovely. Hope your own turns were half as fun as the ones in your pics !
     
  24. simo_tele

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    1&6 look like they could be straight from any big mountain ski movie session. Very impressed, top work!

    Simon.
     
  25. Nothing out-o-bounds

    Nothing out-o-bounds First Runs

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    Hope no one minds, but I'm only just getting the hang of this web-photo thing, so here a few more that worked.

    Sunrise on the Sunday was one of those brilliant cold mornings, feeling so snug in your bag, that the thought of getting outside to take a look is just horrible, but I managed this daunting task, and thank god, as it was breath taking. Clouds hovering below us in the valley's, clean, colourful sky above, and our fresh tracks from the day before epic skiing.

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  26. call me caz

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    call me caz First Runs

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    can i come next time???????


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  28. Graeme

    Graeme First Runs Endless Winter

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    nice pic, the last one - walking up the board track. I can understand a boarder doing that to save compressing as much fresh snow while not trashing the next line, but I wouldn't be A-framing the skis to do it when I could skin up.
     
  29. Nothing out-o-bounds

    Nothing out-o-bounds First Runs

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    I know what you mean, and I have seen alot of people claim they can do all sorts of things with skins but I can never seem to make it worthwhile on steep slopes. I find the frustration of slipping back (and this happens to me alot for some reason) just too much, and boot it up.

    However, for the pic in question, the skier did not have a backcountry set up, so skinning was never an option.
     
  30. gusc

    gusc Hard Yards

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    GREAT pics!! You mentioned you only just got up Granite Flat Spur track - because of vehicles or track conditions? I'm heading up there in a couple of weeks & was after track conditions beta.
     
  31. rizla

    rizla Hard Yards

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    awesome pics. Did you do any runs on the north or north east chutes?
     
  32. Snow Addict

    Snow Addict Part of the Furniture

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    rizla Hard Yards

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    also, what sort of vehicle were you driving and how hairy was the road? did you really nearly not make it?
     
  34. Graeme

    Graeme First Runs Endless Winter

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    would have been good to have snowshoes then.
     
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    FKNA, sweet pics.
     
  36. Nothing out-o-bounds

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    Re road conditions: The only problem was because of the snow conditions. There was snow down to about 900m, and the end of the road is about 1200m. When we stopped driving, there was about a foot of snow.

    You DO need a good 4WD however,and map to make sure you have the right road (should have one anyway)

    Re: north east chutes. We got to them too late in the day, and the warm sun made them a bit dangerous. The difference between north and south slopes was unbelievable.
     
  37. Mr Bent Knee

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    I drove my little Charade up there mid July in snow.
     
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  38. chunky

    chunky Old n' Crusty

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    Love that sunrise shot.
     
  39. buckwheat

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    Hey Nothing OOB, what wide angle lens are you using? Would appear to be 17mm or 20mm or something?

    I appreciate a great piccy, and I get down on my knees in homage. Well done!
     
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  41. pomma

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    your telemark friend seems to be a bit of a blouse!
     
  42. Nothing out-o-bounds

    Nothing out-o-bounds First Runs

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    Buck. 24mm nikkor.

    Pomma, your right. He is in dire need of a lesson, and should take his balls out of his wife's handbag and go hard for once.
     
  43. pomma

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    may be tough as she is apparently using them as earrings!
     
  44. VSG

    VSG Crayon Master Moderator

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    All this photo talk reminds me... whatever happended Photoba***s, aka Divergeandgobandy?

    I am not up with the aliases? [​IMG]

    Because NOObounds work has similar quality. [​IMG]
     
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