Maddisons Hut has been a bit of a closely guarded secret (sort of), well until now. It has not found a lot of note on the internet and the Maddison's still have some degree of control over it, hence it is locked. PV is working with the family to sort out some access and restoration but the family has been difficult or reluctant to date. Other old cattle families have embraced the National Park and been given significant recognition. Harry and Sue Ryder have their family story and picture outside their huts. Lovely people and still well connected to the Tawonga/Mt. Beauty community. Sue works in the hospital op shop and the family also give a fair bit of help to Mittagundi. But all that aside. On to another old time cattle family, the McCoys.I stopped to check out the mystery hut near the Langford Gap Quarry on the BHP. It was locked but confirmed my suspicions that it does exist and that I was not hallucinating that I saw a hut when walking along the AAWT Aqua duct in the area a couple of green seasons back.
The chappie at PV in Mt. Beauty said that hut is known as Maddison's hut and the Maddison family keep the key. I think they are a cattle farming family from the local area.
The PV chappie in Mt. Beauty warned me about the colourful Mrs. McCoy and her farm near McCoy's track , there are some real characters out there in East Gippsland!. Fortunately I did not have to explain myself to her and I headed to JB Plain via Omeo to camp for the night.
There is a tap and hose still situated at Weston's hut. Overall the access track isn't in bad shape, but it could use a haircut above the hut. PV have taken a brush cutter along a good distance of the track.There was little in the way of fallen logs between the BHP, Weston's hut and The West Kiewa River Valley floor.There is still no dunny at Weston's hut. Those very short white metal signs are good in Green season but they are fricking useless in 1 metre or more of snow.They are white too, which shows a lack of thought in their seemingly ubiquitous installation in the greater Bogong Alpine area.Mr T was the hose and tap still connected at Weston’s Hut...used to be easy to wander to tap to fill up billies.I hope Parks leave it permanently there.
Is there still no dunny at Weston’s Hut?Was the track to Blair’s Hut free of fallen tree ?
And those metal signs about two foot off the ground....I wish they replaced them with six foot poles!
Oh insects!R the flies just as bad as normal ...necessitating special head wear for sanity?They do Team Bears heads in summer those blessed bloody insects!
I think the Team Leader should get up to the Young's Top / McNamara's hut and survey what that corner of our Alpine N.P. is like in terms of road access and picnic table access. I didn't make it this time but it is high up in my IN TRAY of planned trips. I wonder if you hiked in from Callaghan's road in white season ( a whole day on foot) if you could ski the surrounding terrain around McNamara's hut. Of course carrying skis strapped to the pack that far would be a PITA!For everbodies interest......Parks VIC promotes Glamper camping but it could better spend funds on providing better road access so more folk could visit some of its unique areas.
“Connecting more people with nature”now that’s a good bit for a vision statement .... pity about access tracks to the likes of Maccas!!
Perhaps Simon may be available to accompany Mr T on his next trip to Maccas!
https://vmtc.asn.au/component/attachments/download/932.htmlThe VMTC are running a Long weekend hike from Young's hut to McNamara's hut and back , on the 2019 January Ozstriya day weekend.
I did not weigh my pack. I carried 5 days worth of food. Initially I thought I would be going to and from McNamara's hut and that was going to add extra nights and days to the hike. However the heat and the discovery of what an untracked wilderness The Young's Top area is, made me change my plan. The burning sun and heat not the pack weight was the main issue on day 3. I do think Dungey's track along the Cobungra river would have been a shorter way back to my car from Dibbin's hut with only one major ascent back up Brandy Creek Fire trail.Doesn't sound a nice way to end a walk. What sort of weight are you carrying on this type of wander?