Our crew tried to push up the Staircase spur :-0 with fully loaded snow gear multi night packs with the aim of reaching Cleve Cole hut on the football public holiday Friday . .However once we hit the pole line above the trees we were sinking in deep spring slush up to our knees in MSR snow shoes.Fatigue was setting in and the weather was changing from clear to threatening.One person who made it to the top with a day pack spoke to us on his descent.He said the conditions and visibility on the top were poor. I turned our party around back to Bivouac hut.It was very busy there at the hut.We got down there at about half past three in the afternoon.The snow line had retreated above the hut and we had no summer tent pegs with which to erect our snow tents. We elected to hike back down the way we came.It was a long day :-0.We reached our vehicles at dusk just as the rain set in. We left one party member at the hut.He was keen to try to reach the top on the following day,namely grand final day.We were sceptical that there would be enough of an overnight freeze to make a summit push remotely pleasant or any less iffy. It was quite sketchy up there , we slipped and lost our balance on that steep upper section of the Staircase spur with heavy packs on.I had the Whippet pole set in ice axe mode, which is enough to warn me about the terrain we were on,and I have no qualms about turning my party around for the second time this white season above the tree line on the slopes of Mt.Bogong.Safety first!.Don't burn up all your energy trying to slog it up the last half a kilometre.Time slips away then and daylight slips away and bad choices can be made.No summit fever for me,thank you very much. The huge wind blown cornices on the Castor and Pollux outcrops were amazing,esp. Considering it is almost October. I think I saw forum member,Andrew A.'s red snow tent over on the Eskdale Spur. Team Bears should be given a national commendation for the benches that they have installed inside Bivouac hut. There is quite a bit of fallen timber on the track below the hut,which is a P.I.T.A.Photos will be coming soon. We did the Big Walk up Mt.Buffalo today because an 1100 m. Elevation increase per day keeps the doctor away.It was much easier with day packs with a car shuttle.There are still some snow patches around the chalet.There also seems to be repairs or maintenance work being carried out on the old chalet.The Oz Alps cloaked in snow looked grand from the lookout at the gorge, but Mt.Bogong was still shrouded in clouds from the snow line upwards.