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March 2017 trip to the Fainters.

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by Mister Tee on XC Skis, Mar 22, 2017.

  1. Mister Tee on XC Skis

    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Silver

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    We had a great weekend hiking trip from Bogong Village up to the Fainters on March 18th and 19th 2017. The photos tell the story. These photos were taken by Mr. Grant Davies. That is me, Mr. T. with the red gaiters.
     
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    On Sat. morning I met my hiking companions Richard and Grant in

    Mt.Beauty for a hike up from Bogong Village to The summits of the

    Fainters. It was sunny and clear and once we had squeezed through the

    gate at the AGL power plant and headed an hour up the Spring Saddle

    fire trail we were sweating like Finns in a sauna.

    It was tough and unrelenting in that sun. There was water trickling

    across the track at a few points before the hairpin bend and track

    junction with Spring Saddle track and the Fainters track.

    We took lunch there.

    We slogged it up and up to Bogong Jack Saddle where we set up camp.

    The views on the way up were spectacular. The spring /soak just before

    the camp site at Bogong Jack was trickling just enough to pump up with

    our water filters . The cool fresh water that we pumped into our

    bladders and containers was very refreshing . We were all out of water

    having guzzled quite a bit in the stiff walk up the mountain in the

    sun.

    The camp site is brilliant and we had it to ourselves.There was a lot

    of wild horse/ brumby poo there. We got up there at about 3.30pm. We

    were all reasonably stuffed too. The BJ Hut is n't anything to rave

    about but it would be welcome in cold ,windy and wet weather.

    The Sunset over Mt. Buffalo was lovely.

    The evening was spent under the stars in front of a campfire.Nice !

    We got up on Sunday at 0630 am , watched the sunrise over Mt. Bogong

    ,left our tents and stuff at the camp site and did a day pack

    mission on the summits of the Fainters. We met two other walkers who

    had camped on the fire trail , only 15 min.s above the Bogong Jack

    Saddle. They were running low on water and had no pump up water

    filters, whereas being equipped with a pump up filter the tricking

    soaks on the fire track above the Bogong Jack saddle , were all quite

    serviceable for gathering water to drink and to cook with.

    The 360 degree mountain views from the top in ideal March weather were

    second to none and we had the place to ourselves.

    We descended after photos were taken at Mt. Fainter summit south and

    north . Our tents had dried out quite well in the sun after a dew

    filled night . We packed up, ate and slogged it down the hill back to

    Bogong village. We saw a mountain biker on the way down otherwise

    there was no one else around.Richard went ahead to fetch the car from

    opposite the Bogong Village pub/cafe while Grant and I had a rest in

    front of the gate .

    It was a 36 kms in two days hike with 1100 M. ascent and a 1100 M. descent.

    What a great trip !.
     
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    Mt T not only a trekker but a pole dancer as well. LOL
    Nice photos. If a person can't get out there it's always good to see some nice photos.
     
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    More photos are coming soon including shots of the ascent , camp site and descent.
     
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    Getting under the gate is lots of fun....u can come up the little Service track to the tanks then up to the back of the AGL fence line....(like coming in back door).not fun squeezing under the bloody gate...and wondering whether some kinda security will turn up with flashing lights to bust the intruders!!

    Yes good water before the track from Spring Saddle is met but scanty afterwards.

    Also parking on West Kiewa Logging Rd approx 6kms in from Big Hill Lookout(seasons barrier)and coming up Spring Saddle Fire Trail....should be water half way up hill to Spring Saddle ....over National Park Gate and short distance to the junction of Track u would have past(400m approx).is an alternative way before gate closure at QBWeekend at Big Hill Lookout(not Big Hill Fire Tower but the old flat Lookout where roads diverge).:thumbs:
    Nice pics Mr T really beautiful up there and good you were pack free to wander between the Nth Fainter and its sister to the Sth ....The Fainter...

    Nice to have your report cos Bears not checking out international news for awhile cos its depressing us too much.....
     
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    Ubiquitous Steve A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Your pic from Fainter not sure which one ....behind your pole dancing layback position is the clearly defined Stoneytops Ridge Line .....the access route described as the Stoneytops Approach over Nth Peak to Feathertop..


    Man U gotta do Stoneytops while weather is this good....make it your next bushwalk....and u can check out those picnic tables near seasons barrier.
    Your move like pole dancer has the mighty Stoneytops as a backdrop to your manoeuvre:.Feathertop behind you and probably Stoneytops Helipad in front of your knees!

    Well done....keep them trip reports a rolling.....
     
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    Yes, I am trying to get a Northern Razorback/Stoney tops hiking trip going but it may have to be in March 2018.
     
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    I think one pic looks over to Mt Buffalo with MUMC hut just visible on the NW Spur :again we see Stoneytops Ridge line in profile in the mid ground..
     
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    https://www.meetup.com/BWAG-Bushwalking-Activities-Group/photos/27729806/#459545658
     
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    Really bad hat , BTW! The sort of thing I'd wear.

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    Lovely further pics for us to see.....
    It's such a rewarding walk up there camping at the spacious BJS.
    It's basically all on well formed jeep tracks with a bit of rambling over the two Fainter Peaks.....the start near Bogong Village is a little more complex and badly sighposted than is desirable.....
    It's a walk that Parks Vic could promote more....it's also Mt Bike possible.....and it's a good sheltered route to BJS in any winter weather.....though one needs to be navigational savvy around the Fainters in bad weather or white out....:thumbs:
     
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    That camp site at Bogong Jacks Saddle is marvellous and it is a welcome sight after slogging it up the Fainter Fire track for hours on end up and up and up . There is a tiny spring for drinking water and /or water for cooking food just before you walk into the clearing. The views and the endless firewood supplies are all positives.The small Hut is nothing flash but if the weather turned to poo then at least you can get out of the weather and cook something under cover.
     
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    In terms of sartorial elegance I fail every time, I have no shame , because I am practical and not at all fashionable for my outdoors activities.
     
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    great trip report and thanks for sharing. bogong jack saddle is such a great camping spot. to think i did that entire trip in winter+ skiing + pushing my bike up + riding back down to the fainters in one day...i must be mad!

    but what about the helicopter carrying out your waste? did the noise ruin the mountain tranquility?....

    but then again im sure the food prepared by the professional chef was even better than home made dehy spag bol...
     
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    Thread revival. I found some great photos from March 2017 of The Fainters hike we did .I was using film in my camera which explains why the colours looks so rich.
     
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    I am heading back up there this Xmas break 2019 to trek the BHP from Bogong Village to Bogong Village over 5-6 days. Then next white season in 2020 I am contemplating snow camping at Bogong Jack Saddle and ski touring out to Tawonga Huts and back in a day .
    That would mean a day to hike up and set up camp, a day to ski out and back and a day to pack up and hike out . I feel fatigued thinking about ;-P it but it is BC ski mission that I think one should do at least once.
     
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    Film records real light waves and does not encrypt them into a digital replication of light and colour using a numerical system .