Trip Report Mt. Buffalo N.P.:Mac's Point and Mt. McLeod.19 & 20th /11/18

Mister Tee on XC Skis

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Hi. I went for my first green season overnight hike for the 2018/19 green season.
I have never been along the Rocky Creek track or the Mt. McLeod track at Mt. Buffalo N.P.
On the map they look like they have potential in XC ski season if there is a good heavy low level dump of snow. Anyway I went up there and I did not see anyone out there along either track.
It was peaceful and enjoyable.
I went with a day pack out to Mac's point and back on Monday morning (19/11/18). There was some timber down on the foot track that leads to Mac's Point. The walking routes are well sign posted.
The possibilities for XC skiing along the way at Wild Dog Plain look quite good in the right conditions.
I went back to my car and swapped the day pack for my overnight pack and went out to camp at Dell's plain near Mt. McLeod. Along the way I tried to find the route up to Anderson's peak but didn't find any sign of a foot pad or any such route indicator following the compass in a direction that was S.W. .

So I turned back and headed on to set up my camp, fetch water , and climb up the boulders to the summit of Mt. McLeod. The alternative foot route from near the start of the Mt. McLeod track at the Reservoir Road sidles around the big dip down and a climb up that one encounters along the fire trail. However it was a bit overgrown and one had to squeeze under or scramble over some fallen timber.
The Main fire trail had some HUGE fallen logs across it. Water was flowing under the track at a number of ferny gullies. I suspect water might dry up out there by February.

It was a clear day and the views from the rocky summit were excellent.
The evening was clear. I saw some stars and the moon during the course of a nocturnal micturition trip. My new summer SALEWA MICRA 2 tent is a worthy investment.
The weather at day break , the next day was very good and I was off and walking by 7 am or thereabouts.
I left a message at the Park Office about the heavy timber on the Mt. McLeod Fire trail and went and had lunch at about 11 am at the Chalet area.
I was driving back to Melbourne in a fierce thunderstorm on Tuesday afternoon. Driving on the Hume Highway in those conditions was challenging.
 
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Mister Tee on XC Skis

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Scouting out a possible XC ski route at Mt. Buffalo. The would have to be a phenomenal dump of snow to make XC skiing the Reservoir route and on to Rocky Creek track worthwhile. The ski routes at Cresta are a better bet.
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I was not overnight pack carry fit but I was going to regain that conditioning along this track.
The Mt. McLeod fire trail has sections of terrain that are well below the snow gum line, passing through Alpine Ash forests and there is a
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big steep dip down and then a long climb out of the North Buffalo Saddle. This could be not so good for XC skiing with broken cover, skis on / skis off and especially if there is a huge widow maker tree to crash into at the bottom of the rather steep 4 WD track.
 
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Mister Tee on XC Skis

Not your average unconventional eccentric.
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Occasionally I'd get a view of the rest of the park but much of the track passes through sub alpine forest environments , not unlike what you see along the Speculation road near Mustering Flat or lower sections of Mt. Bogong or Mt. Stirling .
There were so many big trees that had sheered off and lost their crowns.
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