Have to say this is a cool looking bit of new track. Lucky you, being out there in relatively isolated bliss. Thanks for the grounding nature of your updates and photos in this weirdest of times.
Not commenting as an avid hiker in the area but as a seasonal regular during winter, I can't wait to do these new tracks out of winter. The Perisher to Bullocks Flat section may well be walkable in winter?I know all the tracks and routes in the area pretty well, but I'm a Victorian, so I haven't been exposed to what people think of this project. It looks fairly good to me, vastly better than the wasteful and poorly routed $35 million plan to upgrade the current one day walk from Falls Creek to Hotham to a five day "experience", complete with painfully high fees to pay for it.
So... is this regarded as a good thing by hikers or is it seen as a bit of a waste of money?
Do people think the new tracks are in the right place, or are there better routes (such as Illawong to Twynam or Stillwell to Thredbo River) that might have been built instead?
Should be, top may be under snow though. Be nasty falling off a snow covered walkway.Not commenting as an avid hiker in the area but as a seasonal regular during winter, I can't wait to do these new tracks out of winter. The Perisher to Bullocks Flat section may well be walkable in winter?
The more I think about the last para in this the more logical it becomes.It'll be OK. A big portion of it exists already.
And it creates a logical loop that can be serviced.
The only odd bit it the Perisher to Bullocks Flat section which Parks told me a few years ago prior to the invention of the Iconic Walk any track down the South face of the Ramshead Range would never happen. Their reasons were erosion control and management of MTBs given all the proposals at that point in time were from MTB interests. And they had no funds then to build new or even maintain the existing tracks. I understand build funding is available for the Iconic so that is addressed. It remains to be seen who really will fund the maintenance of the Iconic.
As an alternative to the Perisher to Bullocks Flat section, it would have been simpler and lower cost to resurrect the deliberately neglected Perisher to Rainbow Lake Track and add a new small link track from Rainbow Lake to Saw Pit. Then use the existing Pallibo from Saw Pit to drop off the Range to the existing Thredbo Picnic Area at the Bridge over the Snowy. The natural extension of this is to extend the existing Thredbo to Bullocks Flat track along the Thredbo River to Thredbo Picnic Area at the Bridge over the Snowy. So you can actually complete the walk as a loop back to Thredbo passing Bullocks Flat on the way.
Cheers and no problemo, can't help but smile as to the worksite location, especially in these times. The variations in micro climes along this track are awesome, cold and windy - walk another 100m.really appreciating the updates thanks gimp
Boss has had a change of heart, going to try to do a bit more with reduced crew.It’ll be clear next week, you’ll be able to finish it then.
Probably 3 - 4 kms, just before Spencers. Na, silver vitara. Left you a note Thurs avo, white van, guess someone else got it.How far down the river are you @Gimp from CP? Guessing that was your white jack at the turning circle. I started to walk your snow shoe track on Thursday night to get a look where you may be up to. I probably went 300m and then realised i wasn't going to see much and turned around.