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Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by Craig D., Jan 16, 2007.
That will definitely help in your bid to have the heaviest pack!
Well it is the biggest free-standing mountain in the country, you didn't expect it to be easy did you?
Perhaps the Bogong High Plains (Young's Hut or Fitzgerald's Hut) would be a better location for this backcountry summer SIC thingy. Feathertop is another option. Bungalow Spur is relatively easy, North West Spur is a bit more challenging and we can send Craig D and the other hardcore types up Champion Spur.
Then we can all meet up Federation Hut for extended drinkies. Or is Bogong the prefered option?
Bogong is still the prefered option, just would prefer the easiest route, since I've never done a winter.
HAVE COME LATE TO THIS ONE.
i was so p!55d i rattled off an email to school el cap b4 reading it all.
then read it all.
on the whole well done trappers.
my email was very formal, very respectable (not like my banging on here).
great that it is gone...i think they should still be dobbed in to the media.
to those that say "no big deal". i say, yes it is. they don't have the right to do that to OUR park. i go up there at least once every winter, and while i was raised a catholic, i no longer am and find this sought of christian arrogance typical of many (not all) within that community, (as i would if any other faith did the same).
it doesn't matter that it may be done in europe...news flash, this is Aus!
good work people.
ps. 35kg is a cruisy winter pack weight!
pps. sometimes ya just gotta sprint up and down in one day.
i'm not fit so that trashes me every time.
ppss. agree with Bogong, i still remember 1st time (1 dayer after riding bike from Wang) what a feeling!
I'm up if the dates don't clash. Shoot some at us.
I'm really keen to get up there with some experienced folk.
I've never done a winter, so I'll go with whatever dates are suggested and the easiest route to the top in winter, Granite?
As for off season, I'm headed up 18-20th Feb 2007. Yet again.
Granite Flat Spur is much easier in summer but probably only a bit easier in winter due to seasonal road closure - not really worth the drive around if you are already on the Mt Beauty side I reckon. coming from the east or from Omeo way it is a different story however.
is the cross still up?
The NP rangers took it down a few weeks ago
Nope, rangers took it down on Sunday and I went up on the Tuesday.
Almost certain I made mention of it in here at the time or was that my trip report?
Hmmm... that reminds me of the Bogong Summer mini SIC that we were talking about a month ago. I'm happy to organise it, but I'm going away for the weekend. IF there's interest, I'll start up a thread on Tuesday to see how many takers there are. How about 25 March? I still think we should pick a more "novice friendly" place like Mt Feathertop or the Bogong High Plains though.
If interested, discuss date and location.
I could be interested, 25th should be ok at the moment. I'd prefer Bogong over Feathertop but am not fussed either way. Does anyone know what the water situation is at either? I guess Federation Hut is more likely to be dry?
25th is a Sunday.
Will wait to see what thread unfolds Tuesday onwards but am interested.
I went up about 24 Jan and there was no sign of the cross.
I'm interested, 25th would be fine. Any location is good, as long as the beginners can enjoy themselves
GS: There is still water in Camp Valley, just have to walk further downstream than usual to get it. The spring off Bungalow Spur was only discharging 300ml/min when I went through towards the end of January.
damn. I have an ecology field trip on the 25th.
We'd be interested in a novice friendly walk, but bogong's probably a bit ambitious for the unfit and out of practice likes of us. High plains would be great, Feathertop too.
*grabs chainsaw to size down the high chair*
I like the idea of going to Youngs Hut. Nice easy walk in from Pretty Valley Pondage, with the option to climb a few hills (Niggerheads, Mt Jim, Cope). There are a couple of huts in the area (Tawonga, Ryders Yards, Cope Saddle) and other attractions such as the waterfalls on High Plains Creek and Basalt Temple.
Good chance of seeing a few brumbies too, which should keep Fangin'Wolvy happy
There is also the option of heading in from Hotham for those who want a slightly more challenging way of getting there. Something like Mt Loch - Swindlers Gap - Paling Spur then back along the AAWT past Dibbins etc.
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Tsk tsk! Here is a little something to keep you happy for the next five minutes
(Taken on the way up from Basalt Temple just before the snowpole line junction)
I knew it...
God they're beauties ain't they?
Wonder if any foals around to snare?
Come on Skifree, where's ya Australian spirit?
Was on the Davies High Plains after xmas and saw our first brumbies. First time in 25 odd years of frequenting the High Country. Were a couple of young ones there also.
Brumby or Feral Horse.
Aren't all horses feral? Or was it just the ones I rode?
Horse = underpowered motorcycle with no controls
So is there enough interest to justify starting a new thread Bogong?
I've got the Australian Spirit. It's just the Johnny Come Lately's who think any animal that comes from Europe or Asia or the Americas is better than the animals here.
Horses smash the country physically, as do goats, rabbits, camels, buffalo and so on.
Exterminate and give the true Australians a go.
Please don't start that, skifree.
Too bloody true skifree. There are NO native hard footed animals. Exterminate the lot. Eat kanga, better for you anyway.
Okay, I've started a new thread for the proposed hike. My suggestions are just a framework. Constructive comments appreciated.