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Trip Report Keppel's hut day hike.16kms. 11.11.20

Discussion in 'Lake Mountain' started by Mister Tee on XC Skis, Nov 11, 2020.

  1. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    Your correspondent in the field took a good friend and nature lover for a day in the hills to visit Keppel's hut and to enjoy life outside of Melbourne and the end of lockdown .
    The route was Mt. Margaret Gap/Lady Talbot road/Keppel's hut track/ Keppel's hut (lunch) / Boundary track/Blue Range road/ Mt. Margaret Gap.
    It was according to the lovely Ms. J. and her magic watch that counts the distance walked, 16 kms in total.

    Lady Talbot road was locked at Mt. Margaret gap and there were some BIG trees still down on that road . Keppel's hut track is in shite condition with some challenging sections for even a lifted 4 WD as well as some big trees down on the track. Keppel's hut track was still gated and locked. DEWLP are working on clearing the carriage ways. The Boundary track has at least 7 big trees down across it.
    Until the track to Keppel's hut is opened ,cleared and repaired I will not be able to collect my supply drop nor do any work on the foot track from the hut to the LM ski trails.

    I shall soon post some photos from what was quite a pleasant day with the rain only falling on the drive home.
     
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    Good news is that DELWP have to clean it up for fire access for the summer.
     
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    First tree: can you drive under it?
    Second tree: looks like you could clean that one up with minimal effort - not even a chainsaw.
     
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    Nobody will be driving around, under or over anything while DEWLP are using a huge craney backhoe caterpillar thingy to clear the carriage ways and cut back the verdure on the shoulders of the tracks
     
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    If you look at what remains of the root system on those big dead trees it’s amazing they stay standing at all. A delicate balancing act, some probably fall over if a heavy bird lands on a limb LOL

    Keppels hut track looks ok?
     
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    The Keppel's hut 4 x 4 track has become very rough :-0 (see above)
    The Boundary track ( see below) is a work in progress for the Team leader for BC XC ski access to Keppel's hut and LM .I met him back in his element directing the bears but the bar oil thingy in his chainsaw was not co operating. I told the Team leader that he should have got a proper Makita power tool from the outset!.
    The Ruoak track has been given up as a dead loss and a lost cause by DEWLP ( see below)
    The Boundary track was not skiable if we had 30 cm of snow down to 1200 M. There were far too many fallen logs and saplings blocking the way.
     
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    I used to be able to get my RAV4 car up that track to do track work on the foot track that links Lake Mtn. with Keppel's hut and to do supply drops for winter BC XC ski trips. Unless DEWLP repair the 4 WD track I will be going there on foot only henceforth.
     
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    I will go back in a week or two and visit the hut from the Lake Mtn. ski trails and see how many trees have fallen across the foot track that links the hut with the LM ski routes.
     
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    Some of Ms. J.'s pictures.
    :)
     
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    Mister Tee, great to see you out and about in the environment you enjoy most
     
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    Needs Steve and Team Bears.
     
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    The Team Leader doesn't appear in photos too often. He also prefers track clearing to bushwalking and X country skiing these days.
     
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    Rode up that way in April, keen to get back with a rod.
    Dont think they can ever reopen Lady talbot drive bc of all that potential for treefall.
     
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    DEWLP staff were working on clearing Lady Talbot drive when I was there last week . They were using heavy machinery . That road needs to stay accessible even just for bush fire fighting access/management and winter XC skiing access to Keppel's hut.