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

  1. skifree

    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    My guess is she needs to start tomoroz.

    Otherwise have a good ski carry & sandshoes.

    Could be wrong, but the snow lower down that had no base is going, going, gone any where out of the shade.
     
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  3. ecowain

    ecowain One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    That's what we suspect as well. The long range does suggest reasonable snow early next week. But if it is just falling on grass again by then...

    Sadly she's working all this week.
     
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  4. skifree

    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Worth a punt subject to my provisions above i reckon.

    I don’t think it’ll get any better.

    Will be good fun.
     
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  5. climberman

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    No, but for a sort of proxy the snow levels were low near Eucumbene Cove / Bald Hill. By Monday morning drifts in road drainage still present on Rocky Plains Rd. Bald Hill looked solidly covered. So good on ridges and shade, burning off quick on flat areas.

    All the above are 100m+ lower than the northern end.
     
  6. ecowain

    ecowain One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    No worries. There was 8cm left at 1250m asl on Sunday arvo. First time I’ve seen the road cleared by Council to the end of the tarmac at Eucumbene Cove, from a long way out (before Nimmo Rd). Great fall, she will have a good run. The plains are a crapshoot.
     
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  8. climberman

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    From today, maybe yesterday, out of fb
     
  9. teleroo

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    Still 95 percent cover at Kiandra with some deep drifts. Not consolidated. Snow outside groomed runs at Mt Selwyn still very soft underfoot. Walking around in boots you easily sink above the knee. Roughly 60cm depth on Kings Cross Road or on grass adjacent to the road on final approach to Selwyn, for example. I'll try and repost on Sat which will be my last day of this trip. Weather a bit iffy from Sunday onwards perhaps.

    Last bit of road before Selwyn, on Monday. Not too much melt thanks to cold overnights.
     
  10. ecowain

    ecowain One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Thanks @teleroo .

    Yes, looks like some weather Sunday and Wednesday, but don't think she's fazed.
     
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    teleroo One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    @ecowain just note snow is very unconsolidated. I was tootling around near Kings Cross Road on my 96mm wide downhill skis. Even on the flat, still sinking in ankle deep just plodding along. So heavy going XC wise, would be trudging through on the flat, no glide really.
     
  12. ecowain

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    Not really any surprise that lee slopes are loaded right now. Take care out there.


     
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    Slide in the bowl next to golden gully. Fracture was about 60cms at the deepest point.
     

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    There are always cornice collapses on Etheridge, ridge loads up big time (nothing to do with 30deg slopes) . And as it is easy access and right next to the YMCA (AKA Seamans Hut), it looks like a tasty morsel for the stupid.
     
  16. Rick Ross Da Boss

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    Some features just have to get sent though :cool:
     
  17. Untele-whippet

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    All that wind loaded snow is sitting on a 2 cm weakness of smooth breakable crust.
     
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    This.
     
  19. Telemark Phat

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    I've been surprised there haven't been spontaneous slides before now.
     
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    bondibob One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Anyone know where you can hire split boards in Jindy or Cooma?
     
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    Pretty sure at Rhythm
     
  22. PiedPiper

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    Did some touring out of falls over the last 2 days.. no secret spots just some basic touring, meeting lovely people and checking out some new area's - new for me me anyway.

    Looks like Rick and I like the same waterfall :)

    feel free to check the videos on my youtube page,

    Tues is on the same channel if your interested!


    I Didn't get to the steep stuff on south face of McKay, not too sure about the exit,
    also was riding alone, but there's always next time :)
     
  23. Rick Ross Da Boss

    Rick Ross Da Boss One of Us

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    Nice! Is a fav that little fall, love that south face but the pack out is not for everyone, bit of bush bashing:D (depending how low I go)a lot less features exposed atm after the last snowfall, do love McKay, good fun lines on all aspects :thumbs:
     
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    yeah I never realised the north face/aspect offers good riding.
    But down to ?road 24? is it? was a lovely run, with a few different sections and conditions, plus a super easy skin out :)
     
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  25. Rick Ross Da Boss

    Rick Ross Da Boss One of Us

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    Yea rd 24, from the tower down the ridge and through those nicely spaced trees to the rd.
    Atm you can actually ski all the way to turnback corner (with a skin up halfway down) and hitchhike back to inter
     
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  26. zac150

    zac150 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    When we we driving to Thredbo on Sunday, I had plenty of opportunity to scope twin valleys and vortex, (read it took 2 hours to go the last 4km).

    Vortex looked like it had some debris under the cornice and was just waiting to slide!
     
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  29. skifree

    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    One Winter I marked up a topo with every MR cornice, cornice collapse and where I’d seen debris of a slide or some sort, most of these were cornice collapse triggered as far as I could make out.

    Went looking for said mark up last Summer and could not find. There was quite a lot of blue scribble of differing codes all over the MR. oddly I thought at the time Etheridge East face was one of them, along with maybe 20 more sites.

    Might have to repeat this set of observations.
     
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  30. mholling

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    My Strava tells me Orroral-Bimberi return has been done in under 6, so I suppose that's your target. :/
     
  31. Endless_Winter

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    Got beaten by weather today heading up Mt Bogong.

    Coming over Tawonga pass last night from bright into mt beauty, I didn’t see any snow on the ground, so didn’t think I’d have dramas making either camp creek or granite flat trailhead. Little did I know!

    Above about 1100m camp creek road is buried!


    There’s been a bit of melt freeze going on, so the snow on the road is super compacted and very slippery. I had to park almost 2km before camp creek gap, even with chains on.


    There were 4 cars at camp creek gap that looked like they’d been there since before the storm, 1 was a Subaru Forester with no chains, good luck getting out right now as there’s some fairly sustained uphill sections to get out. The 4WDs with chains may even struggle, although I did pass a Ute with monster tyres on the way out that may have been able clear the track a little, not sure if they had a chainsaw though.


    Onwards to granite flat not really accessible right now


    At least I was skinning from the car!

    There’s 2 logs over the road, I had my chainsaw but didn’t get as far as these in the car. There were also a few down over the eskdale track, including one whopper.



    Us aussies like to do things differently, all our cruxes are early on in the climb, below the tree line or before you get out of the car. :D


    I’d hoped the cloud would clear, but ended up being socked in all day, spent a little while at michell chatting to a lovely chap camping there.

    Skinned up into the alpine but, whilst the wind was light, the visibility was non existent.



    Tucked my tail between my legs and descended back down to the car, road my board all the way to the creek crossing (pretty rare) and then split skied down to about 1200m (without snapping a pole too!), even rarer to able to ride that low.





    Was a nice workout, but hardly a banner day for riding. The snow quality up high in any protected areas would be amazing, although seems like caution would be needed before riding any avalanche terrain. May not be any sunny weather opportunities to poke around before next weather due in on the weekend, shame.
     
  32. Rick Ross Da Boss

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    Curious on travel time from car to your highest point?
     
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  33. jonathanc

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    If my maths is correct (and it probably isn't) that's averaging ~10km/h the whole way including the scrub bash!
     
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    Well those runners talk about pace, not speed, so the overall pace was 6:18/km (sans breaks). Honestly, it boggles the mind. https://www.strava.com/activities/2288145924/overview
     
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  35. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    But, did they really enjoy it? I mean, did they appreciate the smells, the sounds, the views?

    I am impressed by what people are doing these days, but sometimes I wonder.
     
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    Ego over environment....

    (Says me - the unfit middle-aged bloke) :p
     
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    Maybe, to an extent. Similar to trad v sport perhaps in a way.
     
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    Agreed, no reason one cannot do and enjoy both!
     
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    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    So long as they don't run on my mtb singletrack!
     
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    Said it the ohter day in the Thredbo thread. Snow that fell last Thursday (the first 25cm of the dump) was comprised of massive flakes which fell with no wind resulting in a layer of very low density snow. It skied as dust on crust - rare that this much snow in Oz does not ski as fresh snow - shows how fluff it was. Now we have a massive slab of more dense snow over this layer. I'm not proclaiming to be an avie guru but i think this is the kind of scenario that leads to slides.
     
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    There's cover down to Road 24 in a good season. If you stay on the north side you get s stretch of steep tight tree skiing before the road. Or you can cross the creek on the east side and follow that down - a clearer lower gradient run.
     
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    Dude with the knife in Sydney looked like @sbm_ . You ok bro.
     
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    B.C. XC skiing at Mt. Buffalo is as good as it will get this decade. Mt. McLeod and Rocky Creek are skiable. I will post a Mt.Buffalo trip report tonight.
     
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    thats a big slide on etheridge on facestalk!
     
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    Cool.

    Sadly I suspect wifey is coming down with something, so might not make it...
     
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    up to buffalo tonight for 3 days SAR training exercise...good to get out
     
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    Shit mate - did that crack while you were there?