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the BC chatter thread

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

  1. GS

    GS Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    I also had a Microlight and agree the Mont is much better.

    There could be quite some load on the Velcro with strong winds, I don't think a clip would work. Probably don't need to use the Velcro in sheltered sites.

    Nice colour
     
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    GS Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    In this spending spree I have purchased my first Mont products- tent, sleeping bag and sunhat. Very happy with all.....but I won't be selling the Soulo anytime soon. That'll be the winter/ snow tent.
     
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    I did a recount and theres 4 mont sleeping bags in the family
     
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    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ive still got an old One Planet over 30 years, I think its twin got lost after lending it out. Had a Paddy Pallin with cotton outer, maybe 45 years old, but it got nicked down the coast.

    Only 2 Mont bags, Telemark and Helium, finally went with modern materials, big difference!

    Ive known the Mont guys a long time, nearly 25 years now, so have a lot of their gear hey. Some made in Queanbeyan, some in Fiji, and some China.

    Good gear lasts a long time for a punter, pros wreck it quicker.
     
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    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    Did the walk around Point Upright rock shelf today . Interesting formations, cliffs, caves and even did some bouldering.
     
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    Whoa, gnarly!
    Wicked finger crack to that pocketed roof bro!
     
  9. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    Nice day for a walk up to Mount Domain today. Interesting varied walk. From just a bit beyond Fishing Gap there was no fire damage
    Ginini Falls was running well.
     
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    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    Ginini Falls
     
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    hongomania One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Gold Ski Pass: Silver

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    I am looking at doing that sort of circuit( The Viking Circuit ) in early Nov. 2021. There will be better water availability and the summer heat will be less fierce at that time of the year. Finding water near the Viking in January could be a real challenge.@Carola was hiking out on the Viking recently . She had to filter water from a brown puddle. That is all they could find.
    The G man( one of my crew) walked down the South Viking Spur to the Wonnangatta river in Nov. 2019. He said navigation was challenging because the scrub was so dense . There is no foot pad. Carry extra water and allow extra time for becoming geographically embarrassed.
    I have already mapped out way points on the GPS for that route down from the South Viking .
    Of possible interest to a keen adventurer such as yourself is that Bushwalking Vic. have plans in late Jan. 2021 to recut the foot route from Guy's hut to the Dry River track. I hope to be able to help them with my chainsaw during that proposed working bee.
     
  14. GS

    GS Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Day? Days?
     
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    legend One of Us

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    This is a great classic. We did it on a w/e (but that was when we were a LOT younger). Now most take four days.
     
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    hongomania One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Probably a couple of days. Seems like south viking spur will just be too slow
     
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    art One of Us

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    Did that loop over 3 days in late November 2018. Started by walking into V.G. hut at about midnight during a decent overnight snow fall.

    3 days was good
     
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    GS Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Spectacular part of the State, 2-3 days min to do it justice unless the aim is to push yourself
     
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    art One of Us

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    We went up south Viking Spur. The track wasn't too hard to find on the upper parts but lower down was a choose your own adventure push through not too difficult scrub.
    Really is a spectacular area.
     
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    hongomania One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    What about from zeka spur 4wd track to the river? Is there some kind of route to a nice riverside camp that some wonderful people have marked with tape, or more choose your own adventure? Would be nice to have a river camp and an alpine camp on this trip

    Will be taking 10L of water going up south viking
     
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    art One of Us

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    There was a faint 4wd track that went in the right direction. It was probably an old track that doesn't get much use anymore. Mostly across open grasslands if I recall correctly. Got scrubby close to the river and took a bit of exploring.
    Good camp site north side of the river at bottom of Viking Spur
     
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    Rabid K9 A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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  24. Chaeron

    Chaeron Ski-Hike-Blade-Bike-Kayak Ski Pass: Gold

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    Done it in three - also via South Viking Spur, up via Zeka.

    Sticking to ridge-lines and use of GPS helped me through the thick bush going down into the valley off the Viking - did some lovely night hiking coming out of Zeka into Mac Springs.
     
  25. Kletterer

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    Just got back from 4 days walking in the Snowies. Some on tracks, some off wandering over various untracked hills .
    Day 1
    Afternoon look at Porcupine Rocks and a visit to a peak/ trig named Duncan.

    Day 2
    Munyang - Horse Camp Hut- up to aquaduct trail - Whites River Hut- Schlink Pass- Dicky Cooper Bogong ( no foot pad) - across tops and down through scrub to Whites River Hut- return via Dissapointment Hut/ Spur. A fun day

    Day 3
    Dead Horse Gap to South Ramshead direct ( no footpad above 1750 metres) - GPS fun in clouds to get to the next saddle. Fortunately the clouds gave way a little for the rest of the day. On to Ramshead proper 2193m - across Eastwards and down the sensational very skiable bowl into Bogong Creek to meet the AAWT 3.5 km from DH Gap. About 13 km . A sensational walk with unmatched views and lots of craggy tops to explore ( there are 7 or so ). We found about 200 mtrs of vague track remnants in bits and pieces so dont expect the track marked on maps to exist . 10 metre contour intervals are your friend .

    So today was actually day 5 for me ( Mt Domain prior to day 1) and last day in Jindy before heading home, so thought a short day was in order. Couldnt think of anything mild but interesting so gave @zapruda a call who suggested Pretty Point above Rainbow Lake. He mentioned a vague track from Dainers Gap he had seen but not tried so we had a look..

    Day 4 Vague wheel marks up from Dainers Gap turned out to be access to 2 pig traps. Trail ended after 400 mtrs with Moon Rock clearly visible . Knee to waist deep heath for a bit to gain easy terrain under the Peak boulders.
    From here a skirt around the top of a clear plain leads to a very beautiful gentle ridge with excellent snow gum examples . Sensational views from the most modest trig in the Snowies. 3 return options existed - retrace- partial retrace and down Diggers creek to the Lake - or bushbash directly downhill to the creek junction above the Lake. We chose the latter option , which was quite mild Return to Dainers Gap 6.4 km 3 hours with 30+ mins break. A brilliant rewarding short route with a different angle view of the MR . Will have to look at some pics to post
     
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  26. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    Whites River Xmas day
     
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    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    Ramsheads walk. Pic no 2 is looking at Simkins peak over the top of leatherbarrel. The crag on the left is about 50 metres high on the front side ( not quite visible in this Pic).
     
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    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    Pretty Point. Click to enlarge and pan across the Skyline.
     
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    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    A bit of home chatter. Daughter got a 3d printer for xmas so i had to do a bit of a crash course on it all. Have recently discovered QGIS (GIS free software) also. So i spend a couple of hours learning how to turn the digital elevation data available from ELVIS into a 3D model to print. First draft below. The elevation data is 2m contours and is pretty darn accurate if you produce a model at suitable scale. This was merge of 6x 2km tiles of elevation data condensed down into a 140mm wide model so has lost detail.



    I made a 2m contour map and it was very good for spying potential hidden lines in the steep zones. Just need to get off the computer to get some fitness so i can get back out there again!
     
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    Need to print out FF to spy “that” line.
     
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    Munyang to Jagungal in a day. Good luck @zapruda
     
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    Thanks mate. I actually started at Guthega dam yesterday. I went across the Rolling Grounds, then the Kerries and I ended up just under Big Bogong late yesterday arvo. Long day for sure. I summited this morning then headed to Tin via the Brassys and now I’m sitting just below the Rolling Ground and above Whites.

     
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    Nice!
     
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    From the Dam :eek: . Thats a big day indeed.
     
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    Cool shit mate. I was thinking about getting fit again and learning to ride so I can get back to the western suburbs next season. I did a quick dash out to the Sentinel a few weeks ago and started firming up.
     
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    Looks awesome :)
     
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    Yeah we came through there a few weeks back. Wasn't a lot left but some large piles of firewood in places.

    https://newtracs.bitbucket.io/#14.16/-37.1568/146.74199
    Theres this unnamed camp shown here. Never been down there though, so I can't comment on it actually being there.
     
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    A better shot of it.

     
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    We are off to Jagungal area for 2 or 3 days- via the Snowy Plains approach so will be off the radar for a bit.
     
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    Enjoy! let me know which way you go and how it is, I might take my lad there after NY.
     
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    Looks so much better than spending Xmas day inside eating all day with the in-laws. That’s my type of Xmas day, except the family think I’m an idiot.
     
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    Does anyone know what these poles were used for? I found them on the Rolling Grounds. I’ve come across them every now and then over the years and always forget to ask. Some kind of Soil Con relic?

    Any ideas?

     
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    From the good old crucifixion days.
     
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    Also found one of Santa’s Reindeer.

     
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    We did the Snowy Plains Fire Trail all the way to KNP boundary. Surface is ok for a soft roader but ( atm) the Bulls Peak Creek ford would give you a wet floor for something like a Suby XV. 450mm door sill height might just manage. Metal bridge over the Gungarlin is in good order but i drove through the water instead. Drove the Powerline to Gungarlin River this morning. Some of it is quite jaggedly rough but no bad ruts. Apparently Round Mountain is open. A few folks walked from there to Jagungal.
     
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    Cessjacks to Jagungal direct - expect a fair amount of scrub work in the mix. There is however a longer but less scrubby approach from Cesjacks. Just got back so first a shower and some booze to open.
     
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    We basicly did this route in the same direction. Return route was quite a bit less scrubby I chose a slightly different line on a few bits coming down the Doubtful Creek tributary . The large cairn is where you can go down to Flanagans but have no idea what that approach is like. You can also go Cesjacks- Bulls Peak Fire Trail- Macalister Saddle - Geehi Fork - Strumbo Range- Jagungal
    10-12 February 2017 Mt Jagungal from Cesjacks Hut – Johnny Boy's Walkabout Blog
     
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    Edit. We clocked that circuit at 16.8 km. without the side trips.
     
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