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Ski pole routes

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by Interruptedbyfireworks, Jun 2, 2020.

  1. Mister Tee on XC Skis

    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Silver

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    I can navigate in a white out with a map and compass but if the right weather window appears then that is more favourable for ski touring/bushwalking.
     
  2. Ubiquitous Steve

    Ubiquitous Steve A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    But when weather is extreme on Main Range nothing moves....except in Schlink Corridoor or around Sections north of Schlink Pass.
     
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  3. DJM

    DJM One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    The point is IMO, for KNP at least they aren’t reliable as a nav tool as people don’t know where they lead to and follow them blindly thinking it will lead them to safety. It doesn’t.
     
  4. Ubiquitous Steve

    Ubiquitous Steve A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    There is a mini pole line from Valentines River towards Mawsons and beyond towards the Kerries....because too many folk were not able to find Mawsons in bad conditions.This pole line is most useful.Also ...I think a mini pole line heads up to Grey Mare from the valley floor to.In extremely bad conditions you don’t want to miss either of these huts at the end of a long day!If your not familar with the area or have not checked out things at the start of the day on the topographic map then it’s crazy to blindly follow any which way!Also some old metal poles exist(one near Valentine Hut)marking point at which to head off towards Mawsons from Firetrail .These old pipes are most useful once you have seen them!Poor old Boltens Hill also had a large metal pole on the firetrail.That silly hut(actually it was rather nice)I missed a few times on recces till I sussed out the area!Summer recces are pretty important overall!
     
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  5. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    So pole lines are important 'coz huts. But if there are no huts?
     
  6. Goski

    Goski One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Had to do the rope technique one winter coming back from the area around Charles Derrick Memorial Hut and Mt Loch. We had a blizzard to ski back to the Loch Carpark and could only see 5-10M. Starting at a pole one of us would venture out of sight into the white, holding a (venetian blind cord - tough and thin) line, enough to see the next pole then bring the others up, move to the next pole then repeat. The Vic poles are big and ugly - agreed - but they serve a purpose in bad visibility.
     
  7. Ubiquitous Steve

    Ubiquitous Steve A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    If there is blizzard coming then logically a hut is the place you want to be.You have space to stand,sit,read and eat.Tunnel tents are great for survival and should be carried but after a day or two or three or four the novelty wears off.

    NSW ......oh dear!poles huts....it’s all to much for them!Please don’t any body mention brumbies....their heads will start spinning!
     
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  8. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    Fish in a barrel.
     
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    If you consider 70-71 as very young...what do you consider to be old? ;)
     
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