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Team Bears loaded up the Keppels Hut wood shelter....a group from a 4x4 club unloaded our ute and stacked first load in wood shelter.So the Team Leader was able to go get a second one.....but had to unload it with Bunnings Trolley.Pleased with end result
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Good work :) .From whence did the wood come from originally?
 

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Oh.....gate on Lady Talbot at Keppels 4x4Track intersection is closed and padlocked .....so you cannot travel via Beeches to Marysville....Is padlocked this time!And special note.....a car rally I think is being held 15th of May.....and all roads closed up there...Mt Margaret Rd closed.....not sure of exact date and time of closure!But ....anybody contemplating a 4WD trip around the15th better make enquires with DSE Marysville!
 

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Oh.....gate on Lady Talbot at Keppels 4x4Track intersection is closed and padlocked .....so you cannot travel via Beeches to Marysville....Is padlocked this time!And special note.....a car rally I think is being held 15th of May.....and all roads closed up there...Mt Margaret Rd closed.....not sure of exact date and time of closure!But ....anybody contemplating a 4WD trip around the15th better make enquires with DSE Marysville!

Road works and resultant congestion in the Eltham area are horrendous and if you are heading for Yarra Glen/ Healesville / Narbethong / Mt. Margaret / Lake Mtn. etc. then go via Wattle Glen to get to and from Yarra Glen. This matter will not be resolved soon so if you are going to XC ski at Lake Mtn. please take my advice.
 

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Don’t worry ....returning to Melb with only sawdust residue all over bears....but resource has gone into public domain.Hopefully the size of those blocks will stop unnecessary open fires ......winter users will need an axe though to access this resource!
 

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Road works and resultant congestion in the Eltham area are horrendous and if you are heading for Yarra Glen/ Healesville / Narbethong / Mt. Margaret / Lake Mtn. etc. then go via Wattle Glen to get to and from Yarra Glen. This matter will not be resolved soon so if you are going to XC ski at Lake Mtn. please take my advice.
Roadworks on Maroondah are complete.....no more 60km speed limits!
 

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Well ...we are not planning any clearing works on the side of that hill.But it is shameful that somebody,some group or govt. body has not stumped up and done some clearing works.:whistle:It’s a popular walk .....Team Bears often see cars parked there!:p
 

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Well ...we are not planning any clearing works on the side of that hill.But it is shameful that somebody,some group or govt. body has not stumped up and done some clearing works.:whistle:It’s a popular walk .....Team Bears often see cars parked there!:p
Which walk is the Team Leader referring to ?
 

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Mt Juliet Track.

Team Bears been busy ...another ute load into wood shelter at Keppels...that’s three ute loads now.Nice warm day up here in the Mt Margaret sector .Bears estimate that 60% of that tree that dared to fall onto Boundary Track ended up in the wood shelter!
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Those “Friends of the National Parks better take a few chainsaws up to the top of Mt Juliet!
 

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That fallen tree was compromising the approach through that muddy bit....with all debri out of the way it’s a lots easier.....driving all of Boundary Track today in 2WD ....with the Maxxis.Most of the track is in good condition.....only a few wet patches at the moment.Bears listening to footy at Mt Margaret Gap.Enjoying the warmth of the day ....Magnificent day weather wise.:whistle:
 
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Not sure yet !Remember an axe is important for anybody visiting Keppels after gate closure!
 

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If the Bears Leader is stocking PV hut with firewood this season I'd like to make a donation for the costs incurred
I will be headed in that direction soon myself, getting in before that road closes with my usual donation of a shovel, saw and a pot to melt snow in. Still unsure of my winter plans as no seasons pass this year
 

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Another small load was dropped at Keppels Hut today before the rain broke.It was split and put straight into the hut.Boundary Track was accessible in 2WD with the maxxis.Boundary Track could provide a skiable route into Keppels after a heavy dump....track is smooth and only has the odd rock protruding through the surface.DSE have been active on Mt M Rd....clearing culverts and removing any remaining debri along the gutters are batters!Also Keppels was done in 2WD before the rain of the late arvo!But after the next 3 days things will get rather slippery!
 

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Many 4x4s accessed Keppels today......saw party of three day walkers returning from day trip to Boundary Hut Ruin.....Bears walked Echo out to where track steepens and removed one moderate sized fallen tree from over the track.Bit of chainsawing in the snow.....but the weather was stable this arvo.Keppels 4x4Track is certainly worse for wear after at least a dozen 4x4s came in over the day.Snow chewed out leaving muddy ruts ....but still accessible if one reasonable clearance and low range with good off Rd tyres!The walking track remains good out to the bottom of the steep section....scrub doesnot impede progress at all.
 

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June qbw 2020 mate and I 100% stocked Mac springs with properly cut logs

Was totally gone by January....
Yes..I happens!One can only provide stuff and hope it benefits those most in need over winter.You need to carry a hatchet if contemplating a visit to Keppels Hut.Wood shelter has big blocks that need splitting.Not usable otherwise!{done on purpose]Inside hut there is a limited quantity of split firewood....again need hatchet to split it fine for kindling!Started with zero....now adequate supply once gates are locked !
 

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Yes..I happens!One can only provide stuff and hope it benefits those most in need over winter.You need to carry a hatchet if contemplating a visit to Keppels Hut.Wood shelter has big blocks that need splitting.Not usable otherwise!{done on purpose]Inside hut there is a limited quantity of split firewood....again need hatchet to split it fine for kindling!Started with zero....now adequate supply once gates are locked !

It was surprising it was all used with lockdown
 
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Mister Tee on XC Skis

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It was surprising it was all used with lockdown
We saw quite a few 4 WD users coming back from Keppel's hut in May 2020 when we went for a sneaky rock hopper XC ski along the Upper Taggerty Road. They would have burned a lot of cut fire wood.

The hut log book was full of less than erudite negative comments about the virus and the lockdown.
 

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DSE have placed mega boulders to stop some of the pricks from driving right up to the hut....the bonfires burning precious winter firewood from wood shelter are less of a possibility.Plus Bears are filling with huge blocks!!!

I am a fan of big fires as you are well aware but not when the hut firewood resource is ransacked and not replaced.

Of course when rodeo comes in it also turns the track into gravy with the spinning Maxxis.We all contribute to the track deterioration.It’s a hard call for the DSE as to when to lock the gates.But the muddy 4x4Track is quite abhorrent to any walkers compared to the foot track through the forest.It was very pleasant underfoot walking on a small blanket of slightly trampled snow with zero mud!The car park was looking like a giant slurpy!
 

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Prepare to have the sides of your car scratched if you go past the winter gate! Probably a bit of snow on the track for the next few days too.
Parks strategy for reducing visitor useage?First hill past winter gate stops most vehicles though!Nice slippery clay surface.
 

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Been up the Feathertop area lately US? Stoney Tops?

I meant to add I have been up Stoney tops track a couple of times in the last few months. It's all good if you have a 4WD. I'd not dally if you want to drive past the winter gate as I imagine it's closing soon (maybe q bday weekend?), slight possibility it's already shut with that snowfall last week maybe? I rarely see anyone up there, so I reckon there's an even chance of timber blocking the track at some point, although it hasn't been very windy lately.

There's an absolute whopper alpine ash straddling the camping area, but it's easy to drive around.
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I had the brush cutter with me, so I tidied up around the picnic tables and where people generally light a campfire. (I hate the thought of a brown snake lurking around the grass next to a table)
 

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Bears have been waiting for that bitch to come diwn.....Good....it’s a lot safer now.Picnic Table ok by look of things.I deliberately put in a track straight up the gully as it was obvious that tree would fall and block the track in!
 

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Bears have been waiting for that bitch to come diwn.....Good....it’s a lot safer now.Picnic Table ok by look of things.I deliberately put in a track straight up the gully as it was obvious that tree would fall and block the track in!
The Team leader can chop up that fallen tree
with a chain saw and then restock one of the BHP huts with fire wood soon before the roads up there are closed.
:)
 

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Today....Team Bears expanded their Keppels Track Operations.We inspected the walking track upto Hut Trail.....then we went around the Hut Trail Loop...inspected the ruins and checked out the marvellous view to the NE close to the ruin.The Echo got taken on this bushwalk.We are happy to report no fallen timber impedes progress on the trails mentioned as of this arvo!We were quite fascinated by this Loop around the ruin.....interesting area....with highest altitude in the area.Hut loop needs brushcuttting...but it’s not on our agenda.We will leave it for others or authorities!Past 2 4WD heading for Keppels coming out with another vehicle already there as we left.Need 4WD to get up Keppels track....one very slippery patch to negotiate .
 

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Today....Team Bears expanded their Keppels Track Operations.We inspected the walking track upto Hut Trail.....then we went around the Hut Trail Loop...inspected the ruins and checked out the marvellous view to the NE close to the ruin.The Echo got taken on this bushwalk.We are happy to report no fallen timber impedes progress on the trails mentioned as of this arvo!We were quite fascinated by this Loop around the ruin.....interesting area....with highest altitude in the area.Hut loop needs brushcuttting...but it’s not on our agenda.We will leave it for others or authorities!Past 2 4WD heading for Keppels coming out with another vehicle already there as we left.Need 4WD to get up Keppels track....one very slippery patch to negotiate .
I plan to XC ski the boundary hut loop coming in from Gerraty's at LM next time we get 10-15 cms or more of snow. The Hut loop was very much in need of a hair cut when I walked it in March coming up from Keppel's hut.
 

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Keep speed down if using Lady Talbot Dve...Bears trimmed ends of a dangerous “missile”but debri still on roadway !Also pothole through road into culvert below is marked with pole/tape but is in line of wheels!
Keppels Hut 4x4 track.....not bad for this time of year ....and dry weather is helping !

Again ....it’s a real shame that Boundary Hut got burnt deliberately ?Rock walls and chimney still intact.....we need it rebuilt!
 

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Team Bears inspected half of Upper Taggerty Rd.....Echo got walked from Keppels side out to UTRd Gap.Not much debri to handle....all small diameter...looks like Management 4x4 have been out there recently.Track very clear in the section we inspected.We were looking out for Gould’s Track but could not see any sign of a track.Need Mr T with a GPS to mark its position in the field so we can have a closer look at this!
 

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Ground very cold in darker recesses.....ice on track all day in a few places.Next frontal system should provide good snow fall.
 

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Team Bears just back from arvo sorte on Boundary Track....Management Gate closed ...Bears walked in with echo and cut about a dozen small fallen trees and about three medium diameter trees.We made it out to the picnic table about 300meters short of old Roukes Track Junction.It’s muddy in places but management gates will protect it from abuse.So it’s all clear for foot traffic except for one tree just after the Cutting.

We are planning to return to deal with this shortly.We did a recce last Saturday and after Roukes only one further tree is blocking access.So there remains.....one limbo tree after the Cutting and another just after Roukes to be delt with.It did not rain all arvo so work progressed steadily with only one minor bar jamb in a small splintery wattle tree!
We saw one hunter and his dog returning from a trip out to “Roukes”.Nobody else was camped at the Gap!
 

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Travel through the Black Spur yesterday morning was unhindered and Bears saw no management vehicles or on going road works or temporary traffic lights.So no travel issues on that section of the Maroondah HWY.
So true their (VicRoads) word?
 

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All works completed today on Boundary Track.....No trees to climb over or under for whole length.Track pretty wet and slippery in places.The rain cleared this morning and again the Bears had a fine but cloudy arvo.Two larger diameter trees were brought to account tokay.

So it would be possible to run huskies down the track from end to end if sufficient snow were to fall!
 
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It’s real good out there in the middle of no where......water on hand at the creek....good place for a sandwiche and thermos of tea.Maybe Bears could do a little concrete bbq close by for a summer job!
 

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Bears did a management day trip to Keppels Hut via Boundary Track.Left at 2pm Approx from Greenhill/Boundary Track Junctions.

Boundary Track free of all fallen debri atm.after previous works.

Few small sized fallen trees can be easily stepped over or around as one ascends to Keppels on the 4x4 track.

Bears split some rounds from the wood shelter with the axe they carried in.

Party of three had come in on a day trip via LTDve from Mt M Gap and had gone up to ski trails above on Lake Mt.and returned to the Gap.

Party of 2 came via Boundary Track to spend tonight at Keppels Hut.

Apparently LTDve has some big trees across it.

Bears returned in dark to vehicle using torches over the last couple of kms.

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Lady Talbot Dve....many trees down but some 4x4s have come in from Marysville end but cannot get out via to Mt M Gap!Also looks like they have been up to Keppels ignoring the seasons closure.Gates are open at Upper Taggerty Track to Keppels.....looks like padlock has been cut at junction of LTDve and Keppels intersection.Management gates still padlocked at Boundary Track and Mt M Gap.Beam our pics from the Gap!

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