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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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    Daveys Hut , John and Racheal Boltons Homestead orchard with ripe cherries and Miners grave on Daveys Plain
     
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    BIG! rock fall off the Silberhorn NZ onto the Grand Plateau yesterday. Plateau Hut is on the rock midway down RHS pic.
    Mt Tasman is the highest pointy bit, Cook out of sight to the left.
     
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  3. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    What happens when you build schist.house mountains
     
  4. Untele-whippet

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    It spilled right out over the Linda Glacier approach to Cook. Scary.
    NZ! Barren Saddle Hut was blown away in a storm with 4 people who were killed, Beetham Hut was avalanched, Gardiner Hut was taken out by rockfall...
     
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    ecowain One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Glad that didn’t all happen today! That’d be a bad start to a year.
     
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  6. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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  7. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    Mingma G post yesterday
    Today we fixed the line to the ice section just below the camp3. We 3 were joined by Nims dai n Mingma Tenzi dai at around 7000m.Thanks to Nepalese brother n Nepalese heart. Thanks Dawa dai for great communication.
     
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  8. oreo

    oreo One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    7 years ago. Same general area. Plateau hut visible in photo on the far right.
     

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  9. GS

    GS Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Just a heads up....before heading off to Tas I took advantage of the wet weather to check if the Moondance is waterproof.

    Turns out it's not. Leaks a little from the roof vent. Looks like water weeps through the unsealed vent zip stitch line, pools on the fly material underneath on high side of zip before overflowing onto the inner. If the inner roof vent is open, it overflows into the middle of the floor.

    Should be an easy fix by adding seam sealer along the stitch line
     
  10. Chaeron

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

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    I’ve added seam sealer in that spot on the old Moondance fly and it made a difference- had exactly the same issue.
     
  11. GS

    GS Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Did you use urethane or silicone seam sealer?

    Specs say fly has a PU coating on underside and silicone DWR on outside....As I’ll be sealing outside I assume silicone Sealer?

    I’ve sent Mont an email asking their advice.

    Anyway glad I set it up in the rain to check!
     
  12. Chaeron

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

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    I used neither - I used a heat activated seam sealing tape over the seam itself on the inside and a PU liquid spray-on application on the fly on the outside.

    If applying on the under-side over the actual seam use PU.

    I reckon silicon DWR on the outside would be most effective if using a single application method - would be adequate.
     
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  13. The Bluff

    The Bluff One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Used my tent up in the Baw Baws a few days ago



    The flat roof (near the vent)held a puddle on water. per haps my pitch...otherwise excellent in space etc ..still not convinced about inner pitch first though.

    Perhaps should have got a Second Arrow for a few hundred gm more.
     
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  14. GS

    GS Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    In the rain the other day I tried pitching fly first and whilst it can be done, it wasn't as easy and certainly nothing like an integral pitch tent. It would be tricky in rain and wind.

    I was hoping to set up just the fly but soon realised the cross pole at the top needs the inner...or some clips to allow it to be fastened to the fly without inner. I might try making something.

    I spoke with Mont today about the leaking and they confirmed there is a couple of spots around the vent that the machine sealer can't do. It may leak depending on tautness of pitch, how level the ground is etc.

    Anyway they suggested I use Gear Aid Seam Grip SIL on the outside.

    BTW, you're worried about a few hundred grams when there's a wine bottle beside your tent?? LOL Not to mention the steel pots :)
     
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  15. The Bluff

    The Bluff One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Shit...LOL..don't tell the wife it was meet to be a "dry " walk.
    And yes I need a fancy single pot! (tungsten or some fancy metal..maybe back to aluminium as it now doesn't cause dementia)
     
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  16. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Not BC, but they must have hiked for it, a great shot from AK on the Freeheel Life FB page

     
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  17. mholling

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  18. Kletterer

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    Wed was 4pm start at GPS. Beat the cloud- mizzle- drzzle to Schlink Hut. Modest time of 3 hours.

    Thurs; Straight up from the hut to Gungartan Pass. Quite a lot of bushes to get to the pass and they were very wet. Swung left higher up to cross over the Kerries Ridge at a rocky steep section. A bit of ducking and weaving down to the hut . Quite taxing for the distance.

    Thursday arvo; After utilising the Tin Hut drying room we headed off to climb Big Brassy Peak. Grand 360 views and back to the Hut. Very rewarding walk

    Friday; Tin Hut - Gungartan- Dissapointment Ridge - GPS- A mixed bag day.
    Found an excellent clear line from the Hut to Gungartan. Across Finns river South of the hut to a series of grassy ramps and continuing on the lee side of the Dividing Range where the drifts remain longer. Very nice skirting below some atmospheric craggy areas with the walking easy on the feet. First bit of Dissapointment spur was nice but lower down we encountered a lot of scrub whilst contouring around a higher section. Decision was made to push down to the Fire Trail - yeah it was thick but fun .
     
  19. mholling

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    :thumbs: I think winter spoils us in these areas–travel is so easy by comparison!
     
  20. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    Very true. There may however be some areas that will need a bit more cover due to prolific vegetation growth .
     
  21. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Or not! Haha, it got a lot worse as we got higher!

     
  22. Kletterer

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    Noticed your ( And Mr Whippets ) hut log book entry Aug 4-6 2020. That must have been wicked crossing over the top .
     
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  23. Kletterer

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    Views from Big Brassy Peak.
     
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    Upper Valentine Creek heading to Brassys was a tad wet. Following the Ridge top back to Tin on the return was the better option.
     
  25. Kletterer

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    The view from Tin showing the grassy area skirting to the left of the hill that provided easy walking.
     
  26. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    Tin Hut to Gungartan.
     
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    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    Has anyone else spotted brown mushrooms up in the Snowies ?. We found a bunch on the Brassy Range at circa 1900 metres
     
  28. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Was wondering what the triffid thing you posted elsewhere was.......
     
  29. Kletterer

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    2 of the locals at Tin Hut. I blame the Brumbies.
     
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  30. zapruda

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    Excellent news!

    https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2021...-park-to-reopen-sooner-than-expected/13045556

    I’ve missed some of my favourite spots in Namadgi the past year.

    Just before the fires last summer I put together and walked a 200km off track/on track route through northern KNP, Scabby and Namadgi that I think highlights the best parts of the area. I was calling it the “Plains to Peaks” loop. Hopefully come mid this year I can walk it again and close out and change some of the areas that I found a little bland or confusing. The new lack of scrub will help make that a bit easier.
     
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  31. Interruptedbyfireworks

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    Will be so good for it to be opened up again. I haven’t seen any of that part of the park.

    The article said “the current El Niño event” - that was a typo right? Not trying to be smart, I just though we were currently in a La Niña, my Google searches show it is current neutral/declining La Niña ?
     
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    You are correct. It is a typo. We are in a La Niña phase.
     
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    Anyone been out mac springs / camp creek way recently? Wondering what the water situation is, any advice appreciated
     
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    Xplora One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    A mate at Mac Springs recently and it was running. Camp creek is the most reliable water source in the mountains. It has been a wet summer so you should not have issues.
     
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  36. Chaeron

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    hongomania One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks brains trust

    Dont want a repeat of mt mcdonald a couple of weeks back

    Have been at mac springs before when it isnt running

    Wonder why camp creek is so reliable? Edit - looking at the map i can see why spec would get good rainfall
     
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    What happens if there is another hotspot declared, anywhere that you are from or passed through in the 14 days prior to your arrival. That declaration is made while you are already deep in wilderness? Into quarantine for a fortnight you go - at your expense. But you and your car are due to board the SoT in 48hrs... And ParAvion now have to 'deep clean' their aircraft. And you also shared a camp with local Tasmanians bushwalking the other way on the South Coast track...

    How curious to have Tasmanian Public Health declare 20% of the nation (ie., Greater Sydney) to be medium risk - this label won't be reviewed until several days after the 'free car travel' sale starts on 14 January. So, who is game to book?
    This stuff may well go on for years, and would already be a talking point with respect to many ferries between UK and continental Europe, and across The Baltic and Mediterranean and other bodies of water with RPT.

    https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/trav...avel-alert#-New-South-Wales-medium-risk-areas

    My thoughts are derived from a friend asking me today to paddle our sea kayaks around yet more islands off the Tasmanian coast, in March, of course.
     
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    Stockyard definitely lost a little something once they built up the track. (And again when they invented Strava and Instagram!)
     
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    The Pimple from Bendora doesnt have a pad . And there is Blue Gum Hill
     
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    Yeah don't mind me I'm just whingeing. Stockyard used to be my little secret, dammit! :)
     
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    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    Friend of mine just did the Cascade de Loriaz - Aguille Rouge area.
     
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    Skimo weights with NTN performance from the looks of them...
     
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    Might be a whisker short of that, looks more like well suped up NNNBC than scaled down NTN. But it's hard to really gauge from the current info.