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Trip Report First Time Up Dead Horse Gap Trail 6-7th August 2016

Discussion in 'Backcountry Trip Reports' started by Vanders, Aug 11, 2016.

  1. Vanders

    Vanders Hard Yards

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    The missus and I headed up Dead Horse Gap trail for the first time last weekend, and were very shocked at how our office bodies weren't quite up to scratch. We had a lot of fun, weather on Saturday night was -10C according to BOM (Thredbo AWS) which left some good ice inside the H'berg.
    The weather was amazing and the cover was great. We dug out our vestibule for a kitchen which is a great luxury.
    The snow was... a result of the recent weather. Hard crust almost everywhere, very icy in the areas which didn't get much sun. Tough going in a few areas with a pack on.

    We went as far as Rams Head mtn, but couldn't explore much more as the drive to/from Newcastle took too much time already.

    We were both trying out new equipment from Wilderness Sports in Jindy.
    The missus - testing AT for the first time, and she had a great time.
    Myself - Trying NTN for the first time, and followed Bruce's suggestion for Rottefella Freerides. They were ok, the skins were a little narrow, and slipped on a lot of hard pack. The range of movement with the Freerides wasn't as great as I'd hoped, even with 'tour' mode on (yes I know its a resort binding), and the ski brakes are great. I'm keen to try the Outlaws, but maybe next time.

     
  2. AndrewA

    AndrewA One of Us

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    The dug out "snow kitchen" concept is one of those nice bonuses with the extended vestibule of the Hilleberg's. Did you leave the inner tent behind?! I'm sure that made for a colder night!

    A
     
  3. Vanders

    Vanders Hard Yards

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    My wife sure knows how I'm in love with the Hilleberg!
    Yep, we left the inner behind and saved the weight for this trip. It was worth trying out in these conditions. The inside of the entire tent was covered in a sparkly ice sheen, and yes, we did feel the chill at -10C until we warmed our bags. I think we spent >12hrs in them! From around 5:30 when the sun hit the mountain tops, until breakfast...
     
  4. Ralph_implement

    Ralph_implement A Local

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    A BC fire is something to behold! Not so many opportunities for one though.
     
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  5. AndrewA

    AndrewA One of Us

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    I think my enjoyment of an inner tent in the snow would outweigh the weight of carrying it!
    A
     
  6. Snow Blowey

    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Floorless tent is good IMO. Best reason. No need to get out of bed for a 3am piss. Just roll on side and do it on the floor from comfort of sleeping bag.
     
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  7. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    Happy with the Exped mat ?
     
  8. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Agree Freeride are not a good touring binder, the Freedom is much better, more pivot and much lighter. Love the Freerides inbounds though.
     
  9. Vanders

    Vanders Hard Yards

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    Very happy, same one for maybe 6 six years, never an issue.

    Haha @Snowblowey
     
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    DJM One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nice one @Vanders
    Looking forward to some more trip reports :thumbs:
     
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    Untele-whippet beard stroker Ski Pass: Gold

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    Freerides for touring ----- Bruce, Bruce, Bruce!!!
     
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    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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