A fine effort indeed.I have wondered about the Mt.Clear area over to King Billy.I have walked it and it seems like it would be good to ski that section of the AAWT.Access from the upper Jamieson river valley in winter would possibly be the way to approach it.Base camping at Bluff Hut would make the most sense, but I've always wanted to camp up on that ridge line if the forecast allowed
Climbing up the face to The Bluff this weekend would have been brutal, lot of deep soft, wet snow. I've climbed that in snow a few times but never with an overnight pack, and at 58 I'm not going to start now.
Yep, the seriously burnt snowgums above Bluff Hut have opened it nicely and provides lots of ski descent options ...if snow allows. At the moment it's like a giant mogul field with dead trees and rocks thrown about.
Certainly good cover up there at the moment but anything on the north and west faces is melting rapidly. I could ski all the way up Bluff Hut track from the gate on Sat, needed to walk sections back down today. Bit of a b*****d track to ski down anyway...I "power plowed" most of it
Anyway glad i went up this weekend, had the place to myself. Not sure I'll make it a regular weekend destination as it's a long 1.5hr drive in from the Buller road and high risk of tree fall blocking the way.