Inspired by the news on the Hannels Spur thread that a work party had recently cleared the top part of the spur I set out for the Main Range on Wednesday from Melbourne. I set out from the Geehi Flats at 4pm, and walked along the 4WD track along the Geehi river and then set up the ridge - spending an entertaining couple of hours in the thick bush (some of it in the dark) without bisecting the track before bedding down for the night. An unseasonably balmy evening. Navigating via GPS I finally bisected the Hannels Spur route marked by pink ribbon at about 800m - the route is relatively clearly marked and easily navigable for 90% of the way. I should have crossed the watercourse sooner - at the confluence of Bridge Creek and the Geehi - it would have saved me a lot of time. From 1350m upwards the recently cleared track became a pleasure to navigate, and I was overjoyed to find the now easily accessed and clearly marked watering point above Moira Flat, and proceeded up to Byatt's Camp. I camped next to Wilkinson Creek below Mueller's Pass between Abbot Peak and Mt Kosi at about 2000m and then walked out via Mt Kosi, the top of Thredbo to Dead Horse Gap where I collected my bike. I managed to cycle about 15km, but after a flat tyre (and no repair kit/ spare tube - stupid!) walked the 5 km to Tom Groggin till a friendly Chinese engineer working for Snowy Hydro gave me a lift for the remaining 18km back to Geehi Flat. The thunderstorms hit just as I was passing through Khancoban on my way back to the big smoke. In all an awesome experience - though a quick attack with a day pack is infinitely preferable doing the 1800m ascent with a full overnight pack, especially when unfit. It was lovely, but very windy up top - and a real shock to hit the metal walkway and hordes of day walkers between Thredbo and Mt Kosi. I am in awe of those who've done it up in a day, especially prior to its upper section being cleared. A massive thank-you to the volunteer work party who did the clearing. Hannels Spur is an awesome challenge and a wonderful way to ascend the mainland's tallest mountain. Geehi Flat, seen from the top of Hannels Spur Broken rock below Abbot Peak on the southwestern slopes Looking up towards Muellers Pass along Wilkinson Creek Looking down Wilkinsons Creek Looking towards Townsend and the Sentinel from the Kosi ridge.