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Trip Report Mt Stirling - Victoria

Discussion in 'National Parks' started by GS, Jun 24, 2014.

  1. neilmny

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    Mt Stirling is a gem. :thumbs:
     
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    Stirling at its best
     
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    Still great snow in Stanley Bowl, no crust overnight and perfect day today....just need new set of legs
     
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    Wow, looks amazing
     
  5. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    There looks like a wind driven cornice on top of Mt Magdala.
     
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    Yes how great was the snow on Sunday. I was at lake mtn fearing freeze thaw but all I got was dry !
     
  7. GS

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    Mt Stirling deserves a few more pics from the weekend just gone. It's not the biggest hill around but on it's day can be a whole lot of fun and high enough to give an alpine feel.

    Skied part way up Friday night in the lightest, freshest snow I've seen down this low for quite awhile. Truly magical skiing by torch light in these conditions.

    Breaking trail on Sat morning tough work for out of condition legs, where's the groomer I paid for? LOL


    Love the ice encrusted snowgums


    Clearing to a great Saturday, plenty of the white stuff above GGS Hut


    It wasn't the best snow I've encountered in Stanley Bowl, but still, it was very, very nice....and enjoyed by tele, alpine and boarders alike. And that view, never tire of it.






    Cracking sunset before a chilly night




    How good was Sunday? Spectacular day to be in the mountains.




    Great weekend, very few people considering the conditions, thanks Mt Stirling.
     
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    Thanks GS, really enjoyed the pics and words.
     
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    Mag- effing - nificent! :) . I am going up there tomorrow!!!
     
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    Very nice GS, thanks for the pics.
     
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    There were plenty of snow shoe plodders out and about over the weekend, including SAR training exercise Sat night.
     
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    I got my snow shoes back from being mended today , so no more sh*te hire gear for me and the next 2 months or so. :)
     
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    I decided to head up on Sunday and was amazed at the conditions. Perfect! I gave the skis a rest and donned the snowshoes for a change of pace.
     
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    I went up yesterday, 22/8/17 . It was the best I have seen it since 2015.Sunny with deep dry fresh snow cover down to chain bay 2 !!.
    A full trip report is coming soon with photos. The Bluff spur trail and summit were superb. I snow shoed down the River spur. The Circuit road looked amazing from the River spur trail head back to TBJ. Even I could have had a go at skiiing that !That was excellent.
     
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    That's a long way to walk....it'd be much quicker and easier on skis LOL
     
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    You'd have to have a good set of knees and nerves to ski down the River spur. A day on snow shoes of ascending and descending a total circuit of 12km with a day pack is easily within my range of fitness.
     
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    22.8.17.Mt. Stirling . Mr. T. at the summit.
     
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    Was up there last Sunday 10th Sep. Beautiful clear day. A really good day, met some nice people skiing around the summit. An eclectic mix of old hands, youngsters and some young ladies having fun and owning the mountain.
     
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    I was up there on Tuesday with fellow forumite Chriscross. The snow was slightly rain affected but we had cover from top to bottom. No other skiers on the mountain. The place was deserted except for ski patrol and a couple of others. We were expecting rain but luckily just had a few minutes worth while we were having lunch in the King Spur hut. We skied to King saddle and up the main Stirling trail stopping at King saddle shelter for a break, lunch at King Spur hut, a break at GGS and then a cup of tea at Bluff spur hut after skiing over the summit in clear weather! Mt Stirling is blessed with a good hut system. If it had rained as forecast they are a great place to dry out and have a cup of tea. Took some phone photos but not worth posting.

    We skied Buller on Wednesday, that was a different story! Vis was crap and it started to rain and my good (insert good UK brand) gloves were a soggy mess in 10 minutes as were the merino liners!
     
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    I find when it is really raining hard that only rubber dishwashing gloves are of much use out there in the snow.
     
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    I bought a pair of OR Revel over mittens today. They are very light but fantastically designed. I must admit i was considering dishwashing gloves!
     
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    I also bought some super duper expensive storm proof over mittens which are meant to be waterproof even while scuba diving or some such load of old bollocks.
     
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    Decent cover everywhere, Summit is very thin, Circuit RD is chopped up from 4WDs. Good start to the seaon :)
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    Patience grasshopper !

    It will snow when Mother Nature decides .
    Time for some deep breathing exercises.

    Plenty of time to tune the kit up.....checking the skis and bindings ....looking at the grips on those poles.
    Sharpening the chainsaw etc etc

    Focusing on Baw Baw Bells instructive ski tips!

    Practicing Tele turns in the living room!

    Marvelling that the folks at Dark MOFO are even more crazy than some in this forum!:whistle:
    Nuding up for swims at the equinox ......!:)
     
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    http://www.janebunn.net/mt-stirling
    Tuesday week may deliver some snow at Mt.Stirling ,at last , but not without R**ning a lot before the snow appears. If Lake Mtn. doesn't have the goods the Mt.Stirling might have enough to XC ski on Wed. week, namely July 3rd.
     
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    #188 Mister Tee on XC Skis, Jul 13, 2019
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    Chains were being fitted to 2WD and "AWD and 4WD at driver discretion" as of 8.15am yesterday. I opted to fit chains later on. As I was finishing fitting them, the lead 4WD in a group began to slew across the road leading towards the drop over a steep gully. Fortunately a vehicle from resort management arrived to assist so I was free to continue to the carpark. I was able to ski directly from TBJ carpark. There was a consistent cover of 15-20cm in most places. It was soft and wet low down with temps between 0C to 2C. The day was sleet->rain->sleet->snow->sleet. Repeat.

    Heading along the Circuit Road was hard work on skinny skating skis, but especially because I had forgotten to remove the summer wax from this set and re-wax! Just before reaching Howqua Huts, the groomer came from Howqua Gap and the skiing was easier. The wind was cold and it was wet, so getting a fire in the hut going, let me dry some clothes. I had seen one skier for the day, a skater following the groomer back to TBJ. The cover was sufficient but needs consolidating after the groomer pass, otherwise it will create thin and bare patches.

    I headed out towards Corn Hill, but the wind was increasing and adding to the sleet/rain/snow cycle, it was becoming unpleasant and as debris started to litter the trail, branches began falling. Heading back towards TBJ was groomed and after a little snow, mine were the only tracks. It was much faster travel. Having the trails to myself was exactly how I like it! However, later chatting to Ski Patrol I found out why. Sadly a tree had crashed across a car, writing it off, which resulted in the road closed for several hours in both directions. Luckily no one was injured, but it meant a very quiet mountain for most of the day.

    A few pics








     
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    Nice photos.We went out to Howqua Gap Hut on Monday July 15th 2019. The weather was good and the snow was deeper and drier as we neared the Howqua Gap hut.We saw only one or two other skiers out that way all day . We were skiing on BC XC skis because the grooming on the Circuit road had been covered with up to 8 cms of fresh dry snow. It was bleeding great to ski on. I enjoyed It so much that This Wednesday could be worth another long day trip up there, conditions permitting.
     
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    Today was much different to above report, good track coverage all the way from car park to Stanley bowl, crust on dust down the bowl with rain and wind, the full Buller experience!
    Anytime you can ski back to the car there is a good day though :cheers:
     
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    Good stuff Rick.

    Yes full drop from summit to car park via Bluff Spur is over 500m. One of the longest 'downhill'
    runs in Vic. And one of the best!

    Glad you enjoyed it - despite some damp.
     
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    Stirling is looking great!
    Looking forward to getting up there again.
     
  45. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    This Wed. looks like my next day trip up there. They have groomed the lower trails and they just need a top up of fresh cover.
     
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    http://www.janebunn.net/mt-stirling
    Ms Bunn thinks Tuesday July 23rd 2019 will bring a proper snow fall to Mt.Stirling. I am going up on Wed. next week for the day to ski some Fresh snow on the lower Mtn.
    :)
     
  47. Simon11

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    lololol seen the mt stirling live cam? nice :cool:


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    I just came back from a day trip to XC ski at Mt. Stirling. There was dusting of fresh snow on the upper trails at best. The rest was week old bullet proof knock knock , who's there? boiler plate ice. It was disappointing and not very nice to ski on.
    I found that I seem to crash more on ice than on fresh snow, which seems to hurt the bum brake more. XC skiing descending bends on boiler plate with a perpetual snow plough is metal edged test your nerves mind game.

    That weather system last night was fizzer for the location I selected!
    Today ,
    Mt Stirling's upper trails were firm , fast and very unforgiving. Experienced skaters liked it. Total Novice school kids found it nearly impossible to travel on. It was groomed but one of the ski patrollers told me that the skidoo groomer was barely making an imprint into the rock hard surface.
    Others would describe the Stirling trail between Hut 36 and The Cricket Pitch as Bullet Proof Boiler Plate.That was best skiing of the day for me complete with some side stepping icy sections , crashes and some successful manoeuvres too.
    The lower trails were also rock hard often wafer thin ice in many places with many exposed hazards such as rocks and fallen debris from the trees.
    Not much chop really but I tried to ski some of it but walked a bit of some iffy sections in micro spikes.
    Herringboning up a plate of polished metal is tricky. Stopping and cornering on a plate of polished metal is also challenging.
    I should have skied on my wide metal edged BC skis today. They are slower and heavier for a very fast and icy track and have better metal edges for snow ploughing on rock hard surfaces. So Mt. Stirling got 3 cm last , maximum. The Big snow fall did not happen.
    I will lodge a separate trip report with photos soon.
     
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    Yes go wide -er and metal on Stirling. Long skinny edgeless on trails when crusty is horrifying.

    Dare I say it - the upper Mtn is tailor made for big 75mm boots with buckles and a stout cable binding - not just 3 pins. If you fluke some soft snow in the lee of the summit you'll have much more fun too.

    Fwiw: I May even try the NTNs up top - only if there's some worthwhile fresh or slush?

    Also worth considering Mr T is some kicker skins for your Wider BC skis. They make a big difference on firm, although skeet ice & pie crust will test the best skins. The BD kickers come in a 50 mm waist but I'm sure you could trim if that's too wide.

    When waxed up with Globstopper, Kickers provide OK glide if you're not overly worried about speed on undulating terrain and can act too slow your descent too - handy - as long as your edges are not covered!

    ...something to ponder for another time?.

    Thanks for the report by the way - I look forward to my run there in ~ 3 weeks, with my wide, heavy gear.

    A tricky season for the smaller resorts and Buller. Too many near misses with rain this season unlike 2018. ( l:-(
     
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