Main Range 2017

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  1. Gimp

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    Brilliant.
     
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    Excellent! Hopefully catch you up there again this year Gimp
     
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    Nice.

    Hoping to do a week up there in late August.
     
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    You know Splitfest is on then CM? :)
     
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    Took a work colleague out for her first look at the MR, slow trip. Could have skied from the carpark to river via track, covered. Rocks dry on top, big slabs of ice around their bases and a light ice sheet across the upstream pool, not a problem. Followed the track, had a squiz at Blue lake from the turnoff - looked dark, reflective and one third covered by light ice. Plenty of snow on the leeward slopes, average I'd guess at 30, thinner on exposed areas. Up to Curruthers, splitting on crust on dry underneath the whole way. Couple of ski lines and a boot pack on the clubby side. That Clubby face is a whole lot more daunting at the start of the season with less snow accumulation around the peak. Ran back to the river with poles, picking spots to turn and flatlining across the grass carapaced ice balls. Cold temps should see this thru to next storm and then I'd say most will be open slather. Great early start to the BC season, have a good one guys
     
  7. currawong

    currawong Old And Crusty
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    I read the title as Mr 2017. Thought it was a competition for men of the backcountry
     
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    sorry for phone photos
     
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    I love that we only need half, to a foot of snow to get stoked and skinnable. Feels like yesterday we were still on the MR enjoying som BC camping. Oh that's right it was only 7 months ago.
    Spewing I couldn't get up this weekend. Winds and vis looked all-time!
     
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    Better get my ATKs mounted.
     
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    Keep ya pants on

    Thats for later in the season
     
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    Got out for a quicky from Thredbo, headed out past Sig Hill but blowing and sweet FA vis. Had an opening so strapped in to drop into Ultraworld but it closed in again so headed back via Funnel web.
     
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    Filled in up high over iced bushes, nice dry snow, no boiler plate to speak of. Little crusty in places and heavier at the bottom end of Funnel web. Might spend tommorrow poaching GCB
     
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    @Gimp how did you access the MR ? From Guthega ?
     
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    Today was just out of Thredbo.
     
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    Text me when it's really on, I mean I have a child business case on ;)
     
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    Belly I think your business case is you need to get up there before it snows too much more and all the ollie humps like in the first pic get filled in (just trying to find excuses for you).
     
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    Snow quality was good, typical of cold temps a week after the dump. Didn't break thru but did have to pick your line around the lumps. Wasn't rimy at all across the tops. Might look at LBC tomorrow to gauge western aspects. Sat looks ok for DHG if it gets some Fri night
     
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    Reckon thats where i'd be headed (IF only wasnt stuck in syd)
     
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    West side of lbc should be good if nothing else.
     
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    Looks good. Now to wait for Bogong..
     
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    LBC needs more snow. 40cm on western side. Good quality though
     

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    :thumbs: Reckon thats my favourite tree in OZ. Will look different soon.
     
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    Yeah it's pretty nice:

     
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    Is that telemarking on split boards??

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    Ja, splitski, no style allowed
     
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    And Ultraworld. Bitey up high, Pow down low
     
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    Bit crusty up high this morning and cold wind. Still awesome lower down. No overnight fresh
     
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    Finished the week with 2 runs from Sig hill down the Cascades ridgeline, excellent. Few more peeps about. One report from TVs on sat.
     
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    Back to work today?
     
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    Dammit
     
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    If my leave pass is approved planning on heading up to the Main Range via Hannel's in early August.
     
  37. AndrewA

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    Woh. Big trip. Don't you have a car?! Looking fwd to this trip report!

    I've only done it once in summer. Big, big climb.

    A
     
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    Yeah - I did a recon. few months ago. With the short daylight hours and the slow, difficult progress will probably camp at Moira's first rather than push on up in the early, fading light. Took me almost 15hrs Geehi-Thredbo via Hannel's in Feb.
     
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    Soft ;)
     
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    Ode to be that fit
     
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    The beauty of the recon is that you will know what size saw to take. ;)
     
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    Sat morning rode southern ridgelines of DHG, sweet dry to the bottom in the trees. Today was a bit dark and windy with a few crusty bits about but still great quality in protected areas
     
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    @Scrap, @neck_deep and self went out to Carruthers from Charlotte Pass yesterday and dropped the north face. Glad we went yesterday not today.
     
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    The OP crossing the Snowy on the way home upstream from Foreman's
     
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    Sheez, ya could put up that one of the 40 foot cliff huck
     
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    End of this storm will be ridonkulous.
    Can't wait.
     
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    There is sooo much snow out there already. The eastern side of Carruthers is featureless, smooth, ie no gully 100m up from crossing, bugger all big rocks showing further up, no rocks protruding on summit, huge crescent not cornice on Lee.
     
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    You spoiled it bro. Was thinking how hard you were dropping that ledge and landing on the uphill rocky section. Gotta keep that honesty away from this place.
     
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    a fair bit of melt though.

    Notice more rocks.

    And that lip in the photo, you could ride the side of it mid face a few weeks ago if its the same spot at the confluence of all four peaks on the eastern side, were its now vertical.

    But I was up there last before that dam 140 mm of rain. The Creek was fully snowed in and rode it all the way to the River.

    Dam that rain. The creek riding would be epic if it were not for that one rainy day.
     
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