Trip Report Guthega Power Station to Valentine's hut.Easter 2018.

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    I went up to do some solo hiking in the KNP over Easter 2018.It was busy up there in the KNP but it was still worth the long drive to get out of Melbourne and Victoria. Here is a photo based trip report.
     
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    Leaving Victoria, yaaaaaaay!.It was very busy on the roads on Good Friday.
     
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    I made a detour out to Olsen's lookout from the Alpine way , along the Geehi dam road. It was bit bumpy but the RAV 4 went well along that track.
     
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    Crawling up to DHG along the Alpine way behind motorists who have never driven outside of suburbia was slow going.
    I took a break and put some food into my gob before driving into Thredbo to see my old friend who is the co manager at the Silver Brumby Chalet.
     
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    Island Bend campsite was crammed full of Chookas and Shazzas who were trying to wake the dead. I just needed to crash out in my tent so I could get an early start on my hike.The moonrise was worthy of a photo. There was a heavy frost overnight.
     
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    The next morning on Easter Saturday, I seemed to get the last car parking spot at Guthega Power station. I found that Munyang Bridge is broken and has been fenced off. I just did a river crossing north of the Bridge. It was not hard. I started the ascent up the fire trail along Disappointment spur.
     
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    There were day walkers having a morning break at the Disappointment spur hut.
     
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    Then not along afterward, my Lunch spot at White's River hut appeared and the weather along the AAWT continued to be rather agreeable.
     
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    One pushed on uphill , up the management track to the Schlink Pass. There I exchanged information with a long distance solo walker from Canada/ France who was heading from the ACT along the AAWT to Victoria. Victoria's Alps are so dry these days that I was obliged to visit NSW
    .I hope that fellow finds water along the way in VIC.
    I told him the Victorian sections of the AAWT route are the toughest but the most scenic.
     
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    Lo and behold there it was, the Schlink hut.
    It is not a nice place to camp so I was glad to press on after inspecting the Hilton Hotel like aspects of the hut's interior.
     
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    I took the turn off towards Valentine's hut.
    The notice informed me that a KHA working bee was under way at Valentine's hut .It was good to be walking in a wilderness area away from the power lines.
     
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    When I finally arrived the KHA work party were resting after a day of repainting the hut . I
    was totally shattered having walked 18kms in a day with a heavy pack.
     
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    I set up my camp, fetched water and cooked my dinner. I was ready for sleep as soon as it became dark.
     
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    Dusk at Valentine's hut camping area.Easter Saturday 2018.There was a large party of walkers camped closer towards the creek.They seemed to be walking for more days but shorter distances each day.
     
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    I woke up at the crack of dawn on Easter Sunday. I opened the tent and saw a world covered in thick frost and I took a photo of what I saw.
     
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    I packed up and dropped the pack at the hut and bush bashed my way down to Valentine's Falls.
     
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    I saw some wispy clouds on my way from Valentine's hut to the Schlink hut where I took my lunch on Easter Sunday.
     
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    There was plenty of water at Valentine's Creek. Day 2. Easter Sunday 2018.I filter all my drinking water in the KNP. Wild horses and people pollute the water supply.
     
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    I saw a snow gum tree that must have been hundreds of years old along the Valentine's hut track.
     
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    At last , I reached Horse Camp hut along the Horse Camp aquaduct track and had the whole location to myself :) . The hut has been rebuilt and it stank of fresh paint. I slept in my cosy sleeping bag inside my tent.
    I was a spent force, just totally knackered, again.The Horse Hut Aquaduct track in the right conditions would be superb to XC ski on. It is sheltered and sits at about 1600 M ASL.
     
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    Daybreak on Easter Monday was photogenic and colourful. There was no frost overnight because it was partly cloudy.
     
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    It was clear and quiet on Easter Monday. It came to time head back down the hill to the Power station.
     
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    Back at Guthega Power station other walkers and Mountain Bikers were also returning from their Easter adventures.
     
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    I took the RAV 4 up to Guthega for the views and returned to Jindabyne via the 4 x 4 link track that goes through Smiggins Holes.
     
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    After the shock of being back in Jindabyne , which was pumping and super busy, I went back towards Buchan in VIC. via the Barry Way. Easter Monday was a full day of really living , for sure.
     
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    Did I mention the view back down the Munyang Valley on Easter Monday from the Schlink pass?
     
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    thanks for the report looks very pleasant
     
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    The Barry Way was busy with 4WD enthusiasts. I really had to concentrate on driving along that dusty and bumpy remote wilderness road. People in big 4 x 4 vehicles came screaming around blind bends. The campsites along the NSW section of the Snowy river were full of campers.
    I can't believe I drove a 2 WD sedan along that road ten years ago.
     
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    The idea of a multi night rafting trip down the Snowy river has definite appeal. Tour operators seem to charge quite a bit of money for such an experience.
     
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    I took a break along the Barry Way at Willis where the VIC. border with NSW is located.
     
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    The Barry Way is a long slow drive in the middle of freaking nowhere. Truly welcome to whoop whoop.There were not many places to stop to take photos of the grand mountains views.
    When I reached the macadamized surface one could not slack off because the road on the VIC. side is just as twisty , turning and narrow.
    My word , the landscape along the Barry Way , which sits in the rain shadow of the Great Dividing Range is bone dry .
     
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    Great look out
     
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    The Gelantipy Plateau along the Barry way was so dry and seemed so remote. A detour to Little River Falls was all for nought. There was NO water in the Little River. I have seen more water come out of a spilt cup of green tea.
    I was getting a bit sick of driving .Barry has a lot to answer for !.
     
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    How many horses did you see over the entire trip?
     
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    I found a bed at the Buchan Backpacker's lodge on Easter Monday.
    I went off to sleep rather early that night. Easter Tuesday was foggy in Buchan and perfect for photography early in the day .
     
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    Real fog is great for photography esp. in Autumn in Buchan.
     
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    A visit to the Buchan caves was on the list of things to do. Alas , I have no flash attachment.
     
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    The campground at Buchan caves was heaving with Kellogs corn flakes families. At 50 clams per night , they are welcome to it. Parks Victoria are printing money there.
     
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    I saw no wild horses on this trip.
     
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    Cheers mate, good fun.