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  1. AndrewA

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    I’m planning a trip with daughter #2 in April. How many hours to the top? I have walked it about 20yrs ago, and we camped half way up. I’m hoping we can get up one day, back the next. Am I dreaming??! (We have limited time, so are aiming for a manic weekend)....from Melbourne...

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    There is already a thread covering this, but IF you and your daughter are strong and have a lot of stamina AND the track is in reasonably good condition, then it is certainly doable.
     
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    Hey Andrew,

    Its completely doable in a day. Checking my pics from last year I started walking from the Geehi flats campground at 7 am and was at Byatts camp by 11:30am. Now that the section above Moiras flat is cut it should definitely help speed things up.

    Here is my report from my trip in April 2018 - http://bushwalk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=27627

    I can share my GPX with you if you want it but it isn't necessary at all.
     
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  4. AndrewA

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    Thanks Bogong, I have read the various threads, but was interested in how long it took. Zapruda, I’ll re-read your trip report. I suspect I won’t need GPS info, esp if the track is OK.

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    As long as you find the start and go light up and down overnight is very feasible. Did it last Easter and its VERY quick now from Moira’s
     
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  7. AndrewA

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    A lightweight trip is easy.

    What’s the track like down on the Geehi/Swampy flats? I read Zapruda’s notes, and it seemed about as messy as it was 20/25 yrs ago. Is there a signpost for the track start, or just a “follow your nose” start?

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    There’s a distinct start (trad wooden green track marker) and pink tape all the way up. The start isn’t difficult to find, but make VERY sure you find it. No change from when you last did it AFAIK.

    If you lose the pink tape markets stick to the ridgeline and you’ll find it again.

    If you end up in the thick bush backtrack to the ridgeline.

    GPS REALLY valuable in this context.

    I didn’t find the start, decided to wing it and spent hours and hours in thick bush - entirely avoidable - but I suppose I had fun.
     
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    Most GPS maps of the area show the old Hannels track - and it hasn’t changed. So even if you don’t have waypoints you should be right - follows the ridgeline.
     
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  10. AndrewA

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    So, what sort of fun did you have?......

    We’ve found a free weekend on 26/4, so I’ll have to sort out how my GPS works, and how I can import waypoints into it. Erk.

    Thinking back, my last trip up was probably in 1988 ish - the start was a bit random, but was basically a choice of grassy more open areas, or blackberries.

    After that, I have little recollection until it opened up above the tree line. Amazing how “unpleasant” trips can be deleted from a brain!

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    Nothing like taking an hour to travel 300m through thick bush in the dark - going up a steep gully so you can intersect the path you hope will be there - travelling solely on GPS dead reckoning (not the first, or the last time either, and I’ve managed to do the same thing for years without even needing a GPS)

    It would have been easier To find the proper start, but old habits die hard.

    Noone else would be this stupid though. I don’t particularly mind being lost in the dark myself, but that’s just me.

    Map, compass and ridgeline will be just dandy, old timer like you who’s been up there befoe needn’t worry too much about GPS - pink tape is your friend.
     
  12. AndrewA

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    Noted. We won’t start walking at night!

    Seems like we’ll have a 4 day trip from Melb, if I omit my 4 daughter’s “formal” on the Friday night. If we aim to start Friday am, we could even have 2 nights at Moira’s camp, with a day trip to top in between.

    Given that I’m taking daughter 2 and 3 away for a trip, I think that’s ok to firego the formal!
     
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    Any excuse to avoid a ‘formal’ - invent a contagious disease if you must!
     
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    Do a ‘Bogong’ - travel through, avoiding Melb rush hour, and get in some distance early and then rest up...
     
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    Keep in mind that Moiras flat isn't very flat and not necessarily the most comfortable campsite. The area around Byatts camp is much better. Its flat, protected and there is water nearby. The views are stunning and the area is fantastic to explore.
     
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    Thanks, good point. Most of my ducks seem to be aligned so far for this trip!
     
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  18. AndrewA

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    Thanks for posting that. It is wonderful standing up the top there, isn’t it? Haven’t been there for at least 20yrs, but looking forward to it, especially now the track appears clear, and everyone will have been up and down the weekend before we go!

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    Anyone heading to Geehi flats the road via Cabramurra is closed.
     
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