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Snow Report Tasmanian Backcountry - Condition Reports

Discussion in 'Ben Lomond' started by Rabid K9, Jul 6, 2009.

  1. Barmstro

    Barmstro Addicted Ski Pass: Silver

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    Did a day trip to Mt Anne yesterday. As expected it was a battle getting up onto Mt Eliza, but conditions were excellent on top of the plateau. The snow was very stripped on North-Westerly aspects and there was a pretty serious layer of bullet-proof ice under the most recent snow, although everything seemed fairly well bonded and stable. We were aiming to ski the epic couloir under the summit bloc, but the snow on th at aspect was horrible wet-cement and there were several very sketchy cornices hanging above the line which were getting even more loaded by the wind. Instead we skied some shorter lines on the plateau which had excellent dry snow.
     
  2. Majikthise

    Majikthise Sage Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    *wild applause*
    Lovely shot
     
  3. Barmstro

    Barmstro Addicted Ski Pass: Silver

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    I've put a trip report up on the backcountry section.
     
  4. Rabid K9

    Rabid K9 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Pretty solid effort to get up there for a day trip in those conditions.
     
  5. Barmstro

    Barmstro Addicted Ski Pass: Silver

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    Final turns of the season on Mt Field today. Still decent cover in places and reasonable lines to be had off Rodway Range. The snow was very soft on top, but still skied very nicely. Will still be good for the next couple of days, but that's probably it.
     
  6. Barmstro

    Barmstro Addicted Ski Pass: Silver

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    I noticed the remnants of a pretty large cornice fall/wet slide towards the northern end of the Rodway Range. Its the first time I've seen broken trees (albeit little ones) from avalanche damage in Tassie.
     
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  7. RARRRRRRR

    RARRRRRRR Hard Yards

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    Anyone here skied the black bluff before?

    Just wondering if its more touring or suitable for snowshoe/snowboard?
     
  8. Bogong

    Bogong Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Many years ago, some outfit almost built a rope tow there, so my guess is that parts of it have good skiing.
     
  9. RARRRRRRR

    RARRRRRRR Hard Yards

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    I read that.
    Its actually what made me interested.

    Lengthy approach/hike up but decent 1330m elevation.
    Just need some snow luck (like always)
     
  10. RARRRRRRR

    RARRRRRRR Hard Yards

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    Since I am on a bit of a post roll
    I also went up to Lake McKenzie today with the doggos

    I had to put snow socks on pretty low
    Got there pretty late so only out for 30-40 minutes but when we got back there was a good few cm of snow on my car
    It was snowing really hard even at sub 1000m
    I am unsure of elevation but it was snowing from roughly 1.5km from the bottom turn off (but not sticking till a little higher up)
    Wouldn't be surprised if you could ski from 600m or something silly tommorow

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  11. RARRRRRRR

    RARRRRRRR Hard Yards

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    update - rained last and majority of snow is now gone (pretty high up too)
     
  12. RARRRRRRR

    RARRRRRRR Hard Yards

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    Rufus summit looking towards the East

    Tree down on rufus canal road but if you have high clearance you can go around
    First few kms of gingerbread track is nasty so bring your machete

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    Skiing south side

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    Good conditions for white water rafting
     
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  13. Outdoors

    Outdoors Hard Yards

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    Thanks for posting RARRRRRRR. Always helpful to see current conditions.
     
  14. nfip

    nfip Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hi folks.
    I will be in Hobart for two weeks training before I head South with the AAD.
    http://www.antarctica.gov.au/living-and-working
    Doing my own research beyond here also.
    tho any grass roots tips for ways to spend the couple of weekends outwards of Hobart muchly appreciated.
    +1 will be in town one weekend to see me off before I go ( at this stage 4 months expedition) .
    I am being put up in town but will need to hire a car to get out and about.
    Nothing hard core required, just user friendly day walks etc.
    any tips / advice much appreciated.
    :cheers:
     
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  15. mr

    mr Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Tell us about the AAD mission @nfip

    or do you have to kill me if you tell me?
     
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  16. nfip

    nfip Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Not much to tell as yet mr.
    Rookie expeditioner.
    Bit surreal at the moment tbh, few boxes to tick before I head to Hobart. :eek:
    Not sure exactly sure what I'll be doing when I get down onto the Continent other than infrastructure support for the AAP.
    whatever is required in summary.
    I'm imagining Station (and possibly) field hut repairs and maintenance ,
    thinking also new works hence "guns for hire" ;) ,
    possibly counting penguins...:cool:
    taking the AT touring rig so if / when there's some time will stretch the legs and go for a slide where permitted .

    before that tho yeah couple weekends to make the most of Sthn and Eastern Tas.
    Easy to scope with Tassie.com etc but thought I'd put it out there / here for any local intel... ???
     
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  17. Rabid K9

    Rabid K9 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Where to start, everywhere on the main island is accessible as weekend missions by road, but a couple of fun things:

    * Mt Field - microcosm of forested / alpine Tassie, great daywalks, along with some nice longer trips if wanted.
    * Drive out to Pedder & Gordon, believe Mt Anne is still closed, but some nice camp spots by Fake Pedder. Climb down the mostly dry Serpentine River gorge (below Serpentine dam) to Gordon junction is a robust day outing.
    * Pine Valley / Ducane - drive to Lake St Clair, ferry up to Narcissus, into Pine Valley hut. Some exceptional day walks from there into the Ducane Range. Lake Marion is another lovely overnighter from Narcissus with a sandy beach campsite & less people than Pine Valley.
    * Mersey Valley area - Walls of Jesus there is a lot of people going there now for easy overnighters. Further up the valley, easy walk into Lee's Paddocks, which is a stunningly beautiful spot to camp amidst the mountains. Some magic campspots by the river in the paddocks area. A little further again (end of the road), Grail Falls route up onto Cathedral Plateau is really nice, which views straight back down into Lee's Paddocks.
    * Ben Lomond - easy alpine plateau walks from 'village'. Again some great spots to camp right on edge of plateau cliffs amongst the scoparia thickets.
     
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  18. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    @nfip take up fly fishing.....
     
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  19. nfip

    nfip Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    paddle across the bay to Shippies !!! :eek:
     
  20. mr

    mr Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Im sure it will be great..are you a chippy, plumber or sparkie or trade?

    Well done on getting a gig. V.envious.
     
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  21. nfip

    nfip Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Chippy by trade.
    Licenced Builder since early 90's
    few other solid qualifications to back it up
    fwiw.
     
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  22. Bogong

    Bogong Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    When I was in my 20s, I was super keen to get to Antarctica. I'd studied for a commerce degree, so I wasn't a scientist and I found cooking boring. The only other trades or professions that were in consistently high demand every year were GPs and diesel mechanics.

    So I thought how hard could it be to get a diesos ticket? It turned out that it was exceptionally hard, it was the hardest trade to get into, it had a surprising amount of formal study and had the longest apprenticeship. So I stuck with my cruddy job as a [corporate researcher / reference librarian / fact finder / report writer] and I never got to Antarctica. :(
     
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  23. Jacko4650

    Jacko4650 One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    NFIP - this is going to necessitate a separate Topic old mate (Trip Report?); many people envious of your gig and will be interested in your journey???? I suspect you will become one of the key Ski Instructors for the continent!
     
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  24. nfip

    nfip Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    yeah I know...
    bit surreal just now.
    will hit home when feet on the ground I guess.
    another said to me elsewhere I don't give self enough credit....
    killing me missing out on the pow days where you know i love best , but good trade off.
    trip report to follow I guess. :)
     
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  25. nfip

    nfip Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    ps.
    back country rig went South today.
    3 bags .
    6 weeks in advance .
    as per bio security protocols.
     
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  26. mr

    mr Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Isnt Antarctica an inch of fresh on a 3km base?
     
  27. nfip

    nfip Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    In anticipation have these bad boys in the pack.
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