It's Iconic -- Snowies Iconic Walk project

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Lack of contrails from the Syd Mlb route noticeable, only saw one today. Work continues
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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. :mad:

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?

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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?
 

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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?
Should be, top may be under snow though. Be nasty falling off a snow covered walkway.
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Cool start today. The river has calmed.
Walking this section in spring would awesome, the falls on the creek below Headley Tarn were raging, misting yest, still pumping today. Track now cut half way to Illawong.
 
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Myazma

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Couple of cold windy days with frosty starts. Motley fluro crew. Soil and sod are either reused or flown out, scrub cut up and scattered. Brush cutting crew reached Spencers today. A few more small rock sections and we are finished, still 600m metal to go.
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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.
The more I think about the last para in this the more logical it becomes.

It also let’s Saw Pit Creek CP and Ski Rider and Sponars be possible accomodation points.
 

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Went in today to pack up the sheds, dig out buried equipment and get ready for heli removal. Thanks Adam for decking out the crew in snowshoes, a few had not seen this much snow or snowshoed before - kids in a candy shop. Track is buried until spring, shame, a week of fine weather would have seen completion of our stage. Random photos from today. Cheers all for comments.
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skifree

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It’ll be clear next week, you’ll be able to finish it then.
 

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Thanks. Guessing I can make arrangements as required but good to know it won't be as straight forward as normal.
 

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Last day on the track today. Smashed out the work since last Sun. All supplies onsite used, machine, huts pulled apart ready for heli tomorrow Crew totalled 62 days on snowshoes. Been great for winter fitness. Top crew to work with. Back in spring for completion. Now, bring on winter. Untracked lines to youse all.
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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.
 

Myazma

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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.
Probably 3 - 4 kms, just before Spencers. Na, silver vitara. Left you a note Thurs avo, white van, guess someone else got it.
 

Snow Blowey

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Yeah I was in a different vehicle. I didn't get up there until just before sunset.

Track is a fair way down then. Must be close to illawong.
 

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Each time I've done the main range walk, I've been stunned and amazed by who and how the trails have been constructed. Just so appreciative of the effort and big thanks for posting an insight and the photos...totally inspiring:thumbs: if a little envious;) Cheers
 
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