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the BC chatter thread

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by piolet, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. skifree

    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    You are a machine @hongomania

    What’s the total ascent for your route?
     
  2. climberman

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    Went for a short tootle out from Thredbo today.

    Snow thin and uninspiring

    @Snow Blowey classed as ‘loud’
     
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  3. SMSkier

    SMSkier One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Went up to Tate today doing some training out of Snowy Mountains Backcountry using crampons, ice axe and whippet (I’m a novice so no grand claims). Route was via the Guthega Trig, then followed up along the ridge line. Down into Guthega Drainage then straight up the face. Initially skied out via the Western face then some traversing, dropping down to the footbridge. Under 6 hours.









     
  4. hongomania

    hongomania One of Us Ski Pass: 30 Day

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    Thanks @skifree

    I guess it's bogong - Hotham next season in a day

    My stamina is almost at kilian jornet level! (Yeh right)

    Vertical ascent 1800m

    Average HR 150 max HR 180
     
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  5. hongomania

    hongomania One of Us Ski Pass: 30 Day

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    Wow. You must have a good camera. And know how to use it. For all those who haven't been up bogong; @chokenchickin is using alot of zoom!
     
  6. hongomania

    hongomania One of Us Ski Pass: 30 Day

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    After reading bogong reports from yourself and @Jay Woo - I often find myself questioning my life choices; contemplating; why don't I live on bogong full time in winter every year
     
  7. chokenchickin

    chokenchickin One of Us

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    I got a bigger lens for my camera recently. I am now having trouble trying to fit everything I want in the picture now. Certainly won't be dragging around two lenses around when out back. Will probably get more use out for the smaller lens I guess.
     
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  8. Mister Tee on XC Skis

    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Silver

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    Did you go over to CC hut?
     
  9. Mister Tee on XC Skis

    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Silver

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    Very impressive comrade. Well done!!
     
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  10. Mister Tee on XC Skis

    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Silver

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    Dude. Join the Bogong club and then you will be able to use the comfy bits/conveniences of CC Hut. Chocken Chicken and I are both in that club. I probably won't make it up to Mt. Bogong this white season but I will do a proper supply drop this January 2020 at CC Hut, in a metal box in the store room, then I will be gearing up for a Mulhauser spur/Long Spur trip up to CC hut in the 2020 White season.
     
  11. chokenchickin

    chokenchickin One of Us

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    I intended to spend the night there, but started feeling unwell in the arvo (head cold...) so thought it best to get a good night sleep at home instead of listening to this years feral rats wrestling all night.
     
  12. Mister Tee on XC Skis

    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Silver

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    You are lucky you live in close proximity of Mt. Bogong.
     
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    Xplora One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Not that Mr. T will see this unless he unblocks me but it may save him some considerable grief to find out if there is any space left for another box before he takes one up. We did a clean up last year and removed many old food stores and plastic containers which had been eaten then more shelving was added in the members room for boxes but the space made was quickly taken up. There are just too many boxes and not enough space. Maybe those members who have boxes but no longer attend could do something to make a bit more room for the new members. I am also not sure the Long Spur approach would be the best for him but he may just have to work that out for himself.
    Why we choose a tent instead. The other reasons are the snoring and the stink of sweaty clothes hanging everywhere.
     
  14. skifree

    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Is there not an internal Club communication methodology to manage these issues?
     
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  15. Mister Tee on XC Skis

    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Silver

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    Yes , at the AGM this week Russell the Rat has been reported to be in fine health and he has brought his friends the black rats to CC Hut. . Rattus Rattus is an introduced rodent species( The Black rat that carried the bubonic plague in the middle ages) which has taken up residence at CC hut and the native marsupial antechinus denizens are being pushed out!
     
  16. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Another reason to tent is that you have to take a snow bag and you then roast if in a hut.
     
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  17. Xplora

    Xplora One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    When it bothers enough people something gets done. Pretty laid back otherwise. May be a matter of the 'haves and have nots'. We have a box in place and it is dated every year at resupply. That used to be the norm but it seems to have passed. It is really up to the 'have nots' to make the noise but in reality there is just not enough room for every member to put a box in so first in best dressed.
    The fireplace needs new rope to seal so it burns out pretty quick and the hut does get cold. I have always found a tent to be warmer than the hut.
     
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  18. chokenchickin

    chokenchickin One of Us

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    Could not agree more
     
  19. rickau

    rickau Hard Yards

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    Just spent a week at the Bogong Rover Chalet which is about 10km away from Falls Creek behind the dam. Snow conditions were a tad iffy with rain last Monday unfortunately turning the cover somewhat icy. We were lucky to have mostly clear sunny days allowing us to ski in shorts.



    Looking towards the dam wall from the nordic trail.


    Walking in towards the chalet via the Langford Aqueduct. Snow was relatively good at this stage.



    Skiing towards Cope hut. This was after the cover had been hit with rain making it all the old tracks icy.



    Skiing up towards the summit of Mt Cope.



    The top of Mt Jim. Unfortunately, someone has gone a bit to gung ho on the skido. Pretty much every steep bit had been tracked out.


    Looking over towards Mt NH. We didn't end up making the top due to a fair bit of faffing. The ski down to tawonga huts was however a lot of fun with the snow resembling spring corn. A welcome change from the ice.

    This trip I used an AT setup with a flat base with BD Glidelite kicker skins. This proved to be a great middle-ground between full skins and a pattern base. The skins provided plenty of grip on the icy conditions and outperformed the pattern bases when climbing. The glide was almost comparable to the PB on the flat although I did have to work harder.

    My only gripe with the BD kickers is the design of the attachment piece. The washer holding the skin to the metal plate is small, consquencly caused the skin material to pop out. I was lucky enough to get one of the shops at falls to put in a new rivet and bigger washer for me.

    The other problem is the nylon which straps around the ski. This has started to fray from the metal edge of the ski. I honestly don't know how long this will last, I'll probably be taking these back to the store as I don't think they are up to spec. It's a real shame as the skin material is super functional and practical for Australian conditions.
     
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  20. Mister Tee on XC Skis

    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Silver

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    Excellent report :) . I have the BD kicker skins but I have not used them this season. I will probably put them on if I go up The Boomerang trail from Sun valley to reach Pretty Valley hut during August 2019.
     
  21. skifree

    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    What’s with skidoo’s on Mt Jim, I can’t think of any work reason folks should need to do this.

    Is there random recreational skidoo happening on the BHP?
     
  22. skifree

    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Very firm again on the Ramsheads but we were able to scrape out some turns. I think they show up on the full image.
     
  23. Mister Tee on XC Skis

    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Silver

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    @Boodwah recently mentioned skidoo tracks on the Youngs Top/ Paling Spur area. I was under the impression that only authorized persons are permitted to use skidoos in the Alpine N.P. in white season. However Parks Vic. are so under funded that hoons on skidoos chopping up all the skiable snow cover for BC skiers will never be apprehended . The best that can be done is to hand over the photos as evidence of miscreants on the loose to PV in Mt. Beauty or in Omeo.
     
  24. BilbyBill

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    SES train one day a week. The tracks could have been from one of those days.
     
  25. skifree

    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    SES train 1or 2 days a week out of Perisher. The Police are regular, Hydro are weekly or better and Parks seem to be only occasional. Despite this activity to see skidoo tracks is generally something to remark on rather than something that is normal in my experience of stooging about the edges of the MR. A recent Parks visit to Seamans & Cootapatamba track is visible but they kept it tidy & with the minimum mess required. Generally the Hydro tracks i find are pretty tidy. Nothing like the mess noted at Mt Jim above.
     
  26. rickau

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    I'm not sure either, from what I heard it's either the SES, Police, Parks, AGL or Falls creek. No one else should be in there. It's a bit annoying when you slog it up a trail on your own feet only for the good terrain to be cut up.
     
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    zac150 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I doubt it’s recreational? Skidoo’s are hardly something you can pick up at the corner store in Australia (unlike the US/Canada), and driving through town with a skidoo on the back of the truck wouldn’t be to obvious.
     
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    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    I have been camped at the Wallace Hut site & been woken up late in the evening by the sound of reving skidoos & plenty of drunken yelling & laughter, until someone muffed up & by the look of the marks / mess the next day rolled it. This was no work venture, very much recreational skidooing. It happens.
     
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    There was a big S&R training meet I think, everybody involved. I saw it too; all around the hut at Pretty Valley and that area.
     
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  30. Xplora

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    Plenty of private skidoos out there and doing the wrong thing. We have had them running up and down the Omeo Hwy around Mt. Wills and trying to get up Mt. Wills past the gate. Fallen trees generally stop this but still they try. I am sure they get onto BHP but mostly these tracks are the services out for play (training).
     
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    Looking over to Kosi today from Ramshead with @skifree

    [​IMG]
     
  32. zapruda

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    I went up Mt Morgan and Bimberi from Yaouk this weekend. Lovely warm shorts weather and good walking as usual. The snow was a bit thin on both peaks.

    1. Bimberi and Murray from Mt Morgan
    2. Thin snow, thin soles
    3. Foot pad toward Bimberi summit
    4. Jagungal from Bimberi
    5. Bimberi Trig
    6. Scabby Range
    7. Oldfields


     
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  33. Fozzie Bear

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    Drove through the Brindabellas (Tumut to Canberra) on Saturday.... still a bit of snow from last fall is the shady spots around the top.
     
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    jonathanc One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    How long is yaouk - bimberi return? Thinking about doing it tomorrow but time limited.
     
  35. zapruda

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    About 37km return + 5km for Mt Morgan. Definitely doable in a day. Some nice pinch climbs along the way. You could save time driving to Yaouk and go in from Orroral Valley depending on where you are. I think that comes out at about 50km.
     
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    jonathanc One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Cheers - bit too long to do in time for my mate to collect his kids from school at 3.30 haha.
     
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    Fixed
     
  39. ecowain

    ecowain One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I was on Scabby looking your way very recently.
     
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    zapruda One of Us

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    Nice one! I was up on Mt Namadgi the weekend before last. When were you on Scabby? Man, I love that area.

     
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    Hopefully going to be heading to Federation Hut via the razerback in a couple of weeks. Anyone know the best way to get in to avoid paying the wretched Hotham resort fee?
     
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    About 3 weeks ago.

    FYI, parks told me that camping on the summit of Namadgi is strongly discouraged due to its significance to the Ngunnawal.

    A very special area to me as well.
     
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    Good choices.
     
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    Hitchhike to the start of the Razorback or walk up Bungalow spur.
     
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  45. DPS Driver

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    Nice kit.
     
  46. Majikthise

    Majikthise Sage Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    We did Bimberi from Orroral, via cotter gap one anzac day w/e years ago.
    Left at first light and just got back to Cotter gap on dusk. Another 15 or 20 mins would have had us faffing around finding the trail through the gap.
     
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    Interesting. I was well away from the rock arrangements but I’ll keep that in mind for next time. Thanks for the heads up.
     
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    And so far the Phantom (applied to both sets of skis) seems to be working.
     
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    Oof. It’s a tough day trip for sure. I’ve done it a couple of times from Orroral. That descent back toward Cotter hut is brutal.
     
  50. DPS Driver

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    Yeah it will and makes skin attachment a lot easier.