I am now actually exercising some self restraint, matt. If I had stopped posting all my images and maps.. this thread most likely would have stopped at Page 2.matt77 said:so it looks like this topic isn't popular anymore
can i suggest we archive it and whenever someone asks about feathertop we direct them to this topic
I reckon if something's worth doing, do it yourself. The only thing that really makes the East Ridge almost impossible is the regrowth scrub after the '03 fires and the blackberries at the bottom.matt77 said:can we ask parks vic to make a track along the east ridge for the hardcore climbers?
tell me when you are finished and i'll do itBogong said:
I would suggest tootling up there in May or November, (little snow, no fire danger, few people) and spend a day cutting a path down it with a petrol powered brush cutter. ($150 at Bunnings) Then say on a forum like this that you "found" a path down the East Ridge, word will get around, people will investigate and a real track will form. Then the East Ridge won't be impossible due to scrub and blackberries, it will merely be hard due to being bloody steep
was it where federation hut is now standing? how did they get the kegs up and the food? The workers stayed on site?Bogong said:
There used to be a ski lodge on Feathertop complete with restaurant and public bar.
Couldn't we just do it according to your 'East Ridge Protocol': buy some wood and nails from Bunnings ($150), build it one weekend, then just announce on this forum that we've 'found' a lodge and bar on Feathertop and see what happens...Bogong said:Good. Now that all of you approve of my plan to put an illicit track down the East Ridge, I will need your support to rebuild the Feathertop Bungalow. I suspect we will need to fight to rebuild it.
There used to be a ski lodge on Feathertop complete with restaurant and public bar. Any suggestions about getting permission to rebuild it on the original site?
To start with, its another route up to Feathertop, hits the Razorback about 2km south of Fed Hut, from the west (Harrietville) side. I have not been up or down it; heard it was very overgrownsidetrack said:Now what about Champion spur?
From the B in Bon Accord Spur to the last r in Champion Spur, is about 1.0 km.Graeme said:
Have a look above (north) of Mount Feathertop, top right corner. See the dotted orange line?matt77 said:hey vsg on the parks vic map http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/resources/05_1092.pdf
It has the north razorback track
but on ur map there is no track?
Thanks ST. Especially when the map is about water catchments, primarily, not bushwalking-specific.sidetrack said:Matt the track is there. If you look at the map VSG posted (he did not make it)it also says that Bonacord track runs up Champion spur, not true. Never trust maps completely.
The Razorback track DOES continue over both Mt Feathertop and North Peak summits, BUT the track that is labelled incorrectly was a link track. It branched SW from the Razorback track approx 450m N of the North Peak and followed the 1700m contour under the W face of North Peak climbing to almost 1800m then dropping until it joined the Tom Kneen track to the NW spur (leading to MUMC hut) at just over 1700m. I have not been there since the bushfires of 2002-03 until late Jan 06. You can pick it up directly above the last of the springs under the W face of Mt Feathertop as you cross the little creek (feeding into Stony River West branch).
Bogong.. I think we need some serious tracks.Bogong said:Matt, the North Razorback track is shown on B&W, P.V. map above. Discussion of it is about 5 pages back on this thread.
Sidetrack. That would probably be Razorback Hut, somewhere in my crate of stuff on Feathertop history (to become a book one day in distant future), I have details on it. From memory, it was put up in the 20's, had dirt floor and one shelf bunk. There were also a few gold mines on the Razorback and Champion Spur in the second half of the 1800's, so Siseman could have found one of them.
That's a big call, toughest in Oz. Probably right though.matt77 said:yup,
but if u convince parks vic to make a track from fainters\niggerheads to feathertop, it will be one of the toughest tracks in Victoria and possibly australia.
I would love to do it