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A blast from the past and and might be an interesting comparison in 23 days time. I was clearing some old pis of the camera and came across this one from 29 October 2106.

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You old time traveler......
 
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Not sposed to Tele next season, so red for resort / side country, green for BC.

Being told not to tele actually means tele 5 days a week and take 2 days a week off to wax, refill cellar & fridge, dry gear, watch football (whatever flavour) & get ready for the next 5 days of tele.

You have seriously miss-interpretated the docs instructions here.
 

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Was thinking about a trip to Boges the weekend after next, but spent a lovely day fly fishing yesterday on the central Victorian lakes, so I'm a bit unsure of what piques my interest most ATM. Added to the decision making process is that we've just signed a lease for a 12 month beach house rental, where I can use my boat, and fish, so I'm suspecting skiing might take last position. I've been up Boges 3 times this winter, which, for me, is a pretty good effort.

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Hi, I am going up to the Main Range next week. I might stop by at Falls Creek on the way back.Who has been to Pretty Valley or up Watchbed Creek this week? The lack of entry fee makes some XC BC ski action enticing. Will Rocky Valley ski hire in Tawonga South be open during October?

Spoke with them last week. They said they would be open this week and would hire kit but whether they do that for skis etc for the balance of Oct not sure. Give them a call.
 

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Hi, I am going up to the Main Range next week. I might stop by at Falls Creek on the way back.Who has been to Pretty Valley or up Watchbed Creek this week? The lack of entry fee makes some XC BC ski action enticing. Will Rocky Valley ski hire in Tawonga South be open during October?
Rocky Valley are closed this week, reopening on 17th October.
 

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A big shout-out to @Ziggy and the BC crew for pointing me in the direction of patterned bases -I never thought I’d tour 30km+ in a day! Thanks too for the tip on using kicker skins on the front, rather than middle of the ski!

Combining Madshus Annums with Dynafit Radicals made those transitions so much easier - while the rotating toe piece is the stand-out feature for most, the heel section which allowed rotation into or out of touring mode while having the brake deployed meant a vastly speeded up transition - no need to lift the ski - clip out, bend down, rotate, step in again!

I also replaced the Intuition liners on my Scarpa tech. Matrix boots with the packed-out lace-up inners from my decade- old Scarpa T2’s - so instead of blisters after about 5km I could tour 25km + entirely blister free!

2 Next steps: somehow lighten the overnight set-up from 22kg down to 15kg - a weight I can actually ski with, AND, lift the pre-season fitness levels so I can actually charge, rather than stagger down a hill.
 

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A big shout-out to @Ziggy and the BC crew for pointing me in the direction of patterned bases -I never thought I’d tour 30km+ in a day! Thanks too for the tip on using kicker skins on the front, rather than middle of the ski!

Combining Madshus Annums with Dynafit Radicals made those transitions so much easier - while the rotating toe piece is the stand-out feature for most, the heel section which allowed rotation into or out of touring mode while having the brake deployed meant a vastly speeded up transition - no need to lift the ski - clip out, bend down, rotate, step in again!

I also replaced the Intuition liners on my Scarpa tech. Matrix boots with the packed-out lace-up inners from my decade- old Scarpa T2’s - so instead of blisters after about 5km I could tour 25km + entirely blister free!

2 Next steps: somehow lighten the overnight set-up from 22kg down to 15kg - a weight I can actually ski with, AND, lift the pre-season fitness levels so I can actually charge, rather than stagger down a hill.

Patterned bases are great.....been using them on Karhu kit for years. (Karhu sadly no longer about).
 

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Rocky Valley are closed this week, reopening on 17th October.

Not what they said last week. Boss was away and the guy in the shop was adamant they were open......mind you he and his mate sounded like they couldn't tell the difference between their arses and a hole in the ground.
 

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Sweet! I didn't know that. Is Madshus owned by K2 or similar? I think @teckel does a line in Madshus skis.
Madshus are owned by K2 - piggybacking the purchased Karhu BC line into the existing Madshus XC to leverage the massive XC Madshus branding power. Madshus playing 3rd to Salomon & Fisher in Aus. In XC skis & boots, & massive in Northern Europe.

Annums wider & the Epics narrower - built for telemark, but will (only just) accomodate a tech. binding, though this is rarely done. I can see that a telemark binding outplays a tech. binding for touring w.r.t. transition ease, just as a locked tech. heel outplays telemark on the steep. Using the oldish Scarpa Matrix boot - VERY light, but a bit soft - needs a stiffer tongue - also have a pair of heavier, but firmer Garmont Shoguns.
 
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Been a few years since I've ridden Mt Feathertop. I had plans for a winter day trip this year but it needs a lot a planets to line up for that to be possible in winter soft snow conditions. With a few good days of weather this week, an amazing spring snowpack and longer days I got my chance.


Sunrise at Diamantina Hut.

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A really solid freeze on the razorback meant ski crampons required with some (well mostly) booting in the northern 2/3rds of the razorback

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The line I was looking at is the one in the middle of this photo, I have a name for it, but not sure what it's "officially" called.
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Diamantina Spur / Razorback junction.

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"Are we F#@KING THERE YET?" :rolleyes:

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With classic spring conditions (really solid freeze overnight) the emphasis changes (in contrast with winter touring) from "what is the wind doing?" to "what is the sun doing?" and timing becomes more important. This was about 11am and things were still a little firm underfoot. The surface was all sun cups and as I dropped in, the left side of the gully was still a little hard, but I knew the right side (facing a little east) obviously had more sun and was also less "chocolate-y" :eek:. Getting a out was a little more brutal than I'd hoped. Thanks to the shade of snow gums things were quite firm in places down low. It's amazing how one minute it's bone hard in one place then suddenly you're post-holing in glop up to your eyeballs.

I'd managed to traverse over one gully west and was hoping to cross the creek and bush bash a little to enable a skin straight back onto the razorback but some steep gully walls and lack of snow made that look painful, so I ended up doing a boot/skin combo back up onto the lower part of the main east/west ridge connecting the peak to the razorback.

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You can't talk about Mt Feathertop without talking about cornices. I'm posting this next photo to highlight one of the dangers of cornices that people often don't realise. Often times as cornices slowly detach they form a "moat". This isn't a problem in late spring as they are visible, but in mid-winter often times they form and then fill up with soft wind blown snow and aren't visible (add flat light) and the unsuspecting neck bending ski tourer walks into something akin to a glacial crevasse. Not that you're going to disappear a hundred metres into the bowels of a glacier, but you might injure yourself, not to mention take a ride off something steep when you weren't expecting it possibly accompanied by a car sized chunk of ice and snow.


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That "neckbender" I mentioned :oops:

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Buller or Stirling (I think buller - maybe someone can advise?) from the intersection of the bungalow spur and the razorback.

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I met a few people out there, but none with boards/skis. Some guys hiking and camping on the razorback, a random tourist at the beginning of the razorback and a young couple at the top of bungalow spur (where the above photo was taken) in shorts and sneakers who asked me where Mt Feathertop is? o_O... Errrrr, right there ------>...... :)...



Great conditions overall considering the time of year. Anything lee still has plenty of snow, north and west aspects not so much.
 
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