Trip Report JB Plain to Paw Paw Plain. XC ski day trip. July 6th 2021

Mister Tee on XC Skis

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Your Correspondent in the field woke up before dawn on Tuesday July 6th 2021 . I was camping by the Ovens river and having packed up early went into Harrietville to get some more drinking water and use the loo there. Then came the drive up and over Mt. Hotham. Chains were being fitted to ALL VEHICLES at the Dungey's Hollow chain bay. Thankfully it was not windy or too cold . It can be an ordeal fitting chains up there in hostile weather. The scenery was beautiful, spectacular and memorable. It had snowed on Sunday night with strong winds and horizontal ice was attached to many trees and road poles.
Then next section of the road was TREACHEROUS. I had to concentrate. It was ICY and steep. I crawled along in the Tee Mobile having fitted my chains, driving in LOW GEAR.
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Mister Tee on XC Skis

Not your average unconventional eccentric.
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Melbourne, Lockdown-i-stan .
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Then came the drive to JB Plain and the half day ski out to Paw Paw Plain to have some lunch in the sun.
The ski trail was icy and had bare patches. In fact I have skied this route a number of times but this time it was not safe to ski down the long curving drop to Mother Johnson's picnic area with the icy conditions and bare patches. There simply was not enough snow to snow plough and stem Christie turn the metal edged skis on. So it was skis on / skis off .

There was no grooming and the surface would have been very good if I was there the day before on fresh snow with fresh tracks. It would have been 20 cms fresh but it was tracked out and melting in the sun. I got into a rhythm after lunch and was back at the car by 1445 , having had a nice half day tour on planks, now with a few more scratches on them from exposed gravel and side stepping , herringboning etc. on stones etc..
The snow cover improved near Paw Paw Plain as I gained elevation, XC skiing towards Mt. Hotham .
When I got back to the Tee Mobile my friend KJ had left a note to say she was Nordic skiing near Wire Plain.
I later met with her at her house in Myrtle ford where I stayed that night.
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Mister Tee on XC Skis

Not your average unconventional eccentric.
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Melbourne, Lockdown-i-stan .
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Paw Paw plain. Lunch and the return trip on skis to JB Hut and the trip to Myrtleford by car. The Mt. Hotham road became fogged over and icy after 3 pm. It was a bit hairy, nay TREACHEROUS to drive over the summit and back to the chain bay where I was one of many removing wheel chains for the remaining descent to Harrietville.
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MIROU

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Thanks for all these beautiful photos and the dreaming effect it gives !!!!!!!!!!!!! Mirou here again surely I am too far and too old to be part of all these adventures, but its good to read about your nice trip and its fantastic to see how Australia has evoluated since my days in Falls Creek ..... it gives me joy but also sadness ..... thank you to who ever for sending me that report, both text and photos are unbelievable .... for me !
 

Mister Tee on XC Skis

Not your average unconventional eccentric.
Ski Pass
Jul 29, 2015
11,194
11,595
813
Melbourne, Lockdown-i-stan .
soundcloud.com
Thanks for all these beautiful photos and the dreaming effect it gives !!!!!!!!!!!!! Mirou here again surely I am too far and too old to be part of all these adventures, but its good to read about your nice trip and its fantastic to see how Australia has evoluated since my days in Falls Creek ..... it gives me joy but also sadness ..... thank you to who ever for sending me that report, both text and photos are unbelievable .... for me !
Thank you and Merci beaucoup for your interest and reply. I was listening to Pink Floyd : The Early years disc 2 (1967-72) on the drive down the mountain. I was driving very carefully and slowly as I always do . I always pull over, take photos and let other cars go past me when driving in the mountains esp. in winter.
 

chriscross

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So I gather you didn't get to try the new gear? Boots, skis, bindings? I always used to listen to PF on the way up, Miles on the way down. More eclectic these days.
 

Mister Tee on XC Skis

Not your average unconventional eccentric.
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Jul 29, 2015
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Melbourne, Lockdown-i-stan .
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So I gather you didn't get to try the new gear? Boots, skis, bindings? I always used to listen to PF on the way up, Miles on the way down. More eclectic these days.
The snow cover out past JB Plain up to Paw Paw Plain was a bit marginal/&/or not there in places. I need deeper snow to really test the new gear out, charge down hills and throw in the edges etc. You need 30 cms + for that kind of skiing IMHO.
I was playing " Miles Smiles" in the car too along with Samantha Fish. She is good and you ought to check her recent music out.
 
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