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the BC chatter thread

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

  1. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    The Western side ( where we approached and descended ) was only very lightly burnt and thriving. Mostly just peak areas affected The rainforest on the East side of the summit was untouched. The summit has the most stark contrast in foliation as it did pre fires . Cliff on the East with high canopy and lots of ferns/ rainforesty stuff - and the West side is quite bare .
     
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    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    As a few here may have gathered i am out almost every weekend and one of the nice things i have noticed due to Covid 19 is the lack of intrusive noisy winged things in the sky .Finding a pristine place for at least 8 hours without any sign of human presence is getting more difficult.
     
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    Ramshead One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Yeah @Kletterer I walk in the Royal Nat Park most weekends and it can be right under the flight path in the right conditions. Been largely plane-free thru Covid which has been lovely
     
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    SMSkier One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Popped on my FB feed. This day last year.......

     
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    POW_hungry Old n' Crusty Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Whilst bush fires raged up the East Coast!
     
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    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    South side over looking Thredbo valley from Perisher way ish or Mt Wheatley?
     
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    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I’m going with Guthrie’s. .
     
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    SMSkier One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Winner
     
  9. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    This weekends plan is to camp at Scabby Tarn Sat night and have a wander over to Mount Kelly for morning tea on Sunday.
     
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    Watch out the rangers don’t catch ya, there’s closed signs still up everywhere in that area of the Namadgi. Scabby Tarn should have water in it too.
     
  11. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    The Tarn is in NSW and our route will be partialy along the Border.
    Scabby Range nature Reserve is open.
     
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    Untele-whippet beard stroker Ski Pass: Gold

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    How’s the new tent?
     
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  13. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    Awesome. Half the weight of a goonsack.
     
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    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hahaha, Rangers off the road.

    Been up Kelly a few times, but not for ages, be interested to see pics. One time we saw a pair of some rare wallaby, which we reported. Distinctive tail.
     
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    I was out Yaouk way last weekend, longer drive but better access to Scabby Range. Enjoy look forward to pictures.
     
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    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    Well. Its quite a big walk from Rowleys Hut to Mount Scabby. Lots of scrub, logs and boulders. From Scabby to Scabby Tarn looks close on a map but it dont feel like it. We camped there for the night and ditched plans to go all the way to Kelly. Its hard work getting onto the Scabby range but it really is an amazing place. Photos dont do it justice. The sea of stones that runs East from the Mount is something you wont see elsewhere.
     
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    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    The Tarn
     

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    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    6 30 am looking at Mt Murray
     
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    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    The bottom pic is looking along a stone Border Marker with Mount Kelly standing proud beyond
    Centre pic is looking at the sea of stones across the headwaters of Cotter River. Alpine yabbies live in the swamp.
     
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    Fozzie Bear One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Excellent ramble :thumbs:
     
  22. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    Upper reaches of Sams Creek
     
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    zapruda One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    @Kletterer its looking at lot greener than a month ago when I was last there. Did you take the route I suggested?

    Nice pics
     
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    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    Followed your route but the section from Rowleys up to the ridge was tough. Found a clearer descent about 150 - 200 metres further North. You can see the rocky ridge if you look up left from the hut.
     
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    zapruda One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Awesome. I just saw your PM. I’m glad you went up and found the tarn. What a spot eh?
     
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  26. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    Yeah. Its a magical place. Very noisy with frogs . Several spots have old star picket and 2 strand wire fence marking the Border. We saw dog paw prints in the 1st saddle past Scabby. Birds and lizards plus wombat activity seems to be on the rise. The hills are coming back to life.
     
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    VSG Crayon Master Moderator

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    Great images and story. Much fire damage.

    But nature is resilient. Thanks @Kletterer
     
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    VSG Crayon Master Moderator

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    A bit of trivia. On an ancient paper topo map for ACT (NatMap) there was a bridle or walking track heading straight up a southern spur of Scabby. Have tossed that map years ago, but here is an approximation of the route. My hazy memory. I think there was a description of the walk in an old book. Graeme Barrow author. 20201116_190433.jpg 20201116_190946.jpg Screenshot_20201116-190049_Firefox.jpg
     
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    That would align perfectly with what I found this year after the fires. A fairly distinct track coming up from that spur to the headwaters of the Cotter. I’m certain it isn’t a bridle trail. I think the track remnants are there from the 1983 fires and the dozer that went up.

    A few pages back I posted a bit of info - the BC chatter thread
     
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  30. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    Paul Daniels did an interesting approach to the cliff at grid ref 682397 ( Silhouette Slabs) around 1980. Description is on thecrag.com
     
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    VSG Crayon Master Moderator

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    Here's a quick clumsy draw of the 'alleged' route. South spur.

     
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    GS Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Continuing the quest for weight and bulk reduction, I went shopping and supported local. Looking forward to using it. Thanks Ajay's

     
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    neilmny One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Hey GS are Ajays in Heathmont back in gear? I haven't been down that far for yonks. Last time I passed there it looked very shut down from the traffic lanes.
     
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    GS Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Very much open now, were probably closed during stage 4.
     
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    neilmny One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    The big fella (Robbie) still keeping the gears turning? Last time I saw him he had a few health things going on.
    I got practically every bit of my families skiing gear and clothing from Robbie and some hiking boots as well.
     
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  36. Chaeron

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    They’re in a nice new shop about 30 metres down from where they used to be.
     
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    Chaeron Ski-Hike-Blade-Bike-Kayak Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nice! Can’t beat an Osprey for:

    Build quality
    Comfort

    Number of loops, zips, tags, etcetera.....
     
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    neilmny One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    You can get a heat moulded hip belt too. It's meant to be very comfortable.
     
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    GS Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    He wasn't in there today but I spoke with him yesterday to confirm stock
     
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    GS Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Not getting much work done this afternoon as I'm playing with all the features! Looks a very nice pack and ideal for my intended purpose
     
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    GS Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    This model doesn't have the molded hip belt....but feels very comfortably stuffed with about 1kg of bubble wrap LOL
     
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    neilmny One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Yeh, probably a bit light for a moulded belt at 58 Litres. Sure wish I had one on my Blackwolf 85...........wait a minute what am I saying .....sure wish I had a Aethos 85 :cool:
     
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    GS Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    i may have one for sale soon :)
     
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    neilmny One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Medium harness?
     
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    GS Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    yep
     
  46. Kletterer

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    BTW my Atom pack was awesome for squeazing and punching through thick scrub sections on the weekend . There was a few moments when i thought i may have been a bit too forceful with snags that may have caused material fatigue but . Im a bit wary of the elastic compression straps on the pockets though. Might end up replacing with Dyneema cord.
     
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    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Is it waterproof?
     
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    Chaeron Ski-Hike-Blade-Bike-Kayak Ski Pass: Gold

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    It is indeed! Good for longer distance hikes...
     
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    The material is waterproof