In order to get some hiking fitness back up to speed for climbing up steep hills, I went and did battle with the evil NW spur of Mt. Feathertop. It was torture. The track is overgrown with post bushfire regrowth. I was attacked by leeches, scratched by blackberry bushes and I failed to turn perspiration into inspiration as I grovelled up the near vertical ascent. I was moving at approximately 1 km per hour until I finally reached the MUMC hut. I was a spent force and I had run out of water a kilometre or so back before reaching the Melbourne University Mountaineering Club Hut. I went down this route some 4-5 years ago. The trauma and pain had become superimposed by more recent trials and challenges so off I went up the track on what turned out to be quite a pleasant weekend in terms of weather for walking . I stayed at my friend's house in Myrtleford the night before. I awoke at dawn on 6/4/19 to see fork lightning , with thunder and heavy rain. Oh no . However it cleared up but it left the vegetation by Stoney Creek wet and leech friendly. I left my car at the Trout farm. I set off at about 10 am, I think. Floods and fires have rendered the initial route along the creek quite different to way I remember it. I arrived at the MUMC hut after 4pm. MUMC members were carrying out maintenance work on the hut. I didn't get many photos of the ascent until a view of The Fainters appeared not far from the MUMC hut. I found a spot to put up my tent and cooked some dinner while the sun began to sink over Mt. Buffalo. I went off to bed at about 8pm while the MUMC had a big cook up and all slept in the hut. Some of them had come up the Diamantina spur. They too had suffered. The sky at night was clear and without a moon one could see the whole cosmos . Day two. I was up a day break. I packed up and after breakfast and a visit to the commode , I headed off to visit the summit. The water at the spring along the Tom Kneen track was flowing well. I filled up there with drinking water for the day . I dropped my pack and went to the summit . Magnificent!. It was very sunny and clear but cool and breezy at the top. I returned via Federation hut. I had an early lunch there and then proceeded to slog it down the Bungalow spur. What a surprise . PV have completed the work of 100 Ubi Steves/Team Bears cloned x 10 and slashed and cut the whole track as well as chain sawing logs. It is the best I have ever seen it. I was back at the bottom in about 3.5 hours. Many people were coming up the track. It was quite a contrast to the ascent of the N.W. spur. At the bottom I was feeling sore in my feet but still had approximately 7 kms to walk to reach my car back at the trout farm. It took two hours to walk the last leg. On returning to my car I was relieved to have finished a 20 km + day . I found that the metal tip of one of my hiking poles had snapped off. I will have to get that fixed soon. My legs are still sore!.