Hi. I just returned from a whistle stop trip to The Bluff Hut . I got my RAV 4 with All Terrain tyres up to the Bluff hut which was a bit hairy but I was just keeping it in LOW gear and rolling . I got up there and back to 8 Mile Gap without any serious drama. Someone had cut all the big fallen timber that had fallen across the very rough Bluff link track and the carriageway past Refrigerator Gap up to The Bluff Hut. That made things a lot easier. Some of the timber on the road that had been cut would have needed a bigger chainsaw than the one which I carry in my car. The road conditions up there are not very good: muddy , rutted, full of uneven exposed bedrock , fallen logs that only have to roll a bit the wrong way to make life a PITA etc . . I did achieve what I set out to do in readiness for a planned BC XC ski trip up there , signed the book and went back to 8 Mile Gap. There seemed to be enough water in the hut tank and someone had left a small fire still smouldering inside the fire place at the hut. One spied a dusting of snow on Mt. Stirling and some strips of Slurpee fake snow on Mt. Buller from the hut surrounds. The view of The Bluff from the Bluff Link Track was worthy of a photo stop. The walk up to the Eagle's peak from 8 Mile Gap is spectacular but we were running out of daylight and elected to turn back without reaching the wild and woolly summit , some 15 minutes short of the summit. It was steep , slippery, exposed and descending safely would have taken a long time. However the views of The Bluff, Mt. McDonald and so forth were excellent and the weather was clear, sunny but cold. This is unfinished back country bush walking business that will be attended to in Spring!. We made it safely back to 8 Mile Gap and I drove back down Brock's road to Davon's flat. We made camp in the fading light and soon we were eating hot food and sitting in front of a campfire. The overnight temperature was very cold. It dropped to negative 3 and everything was covered in ice this morning ( June 5th 2018 ). I have had warmer nights snow camping last winter. I had my snow camping sleeping bag fully zipped up and I was wearing a lot of layers plus gloves and balaclava. On the way out to Mansfield and the evil empire ( Melb. ) we stopped to walk up Mt. Timbertop. I last walked up there 10-15-20 years ago. The new track alignment with arrows and an interpretative sign near the top is a zig zag affair that is easy to follow. The old track still can be seen in places going, more or less ,as I remember it , straight up the hill. The views from the top were excellent and one could see the Bluff from yet another vantage point. I love that area and I will be back . However unless I find someone with a real 4 x 4 vehicle and commensurate driving skills who is game to join me for my planned white season ski trip to the Bluff hut and surrounds, I will park my RAV 4 at 8 Mile Gap and hike in , all 11 kms from that point of embarkation and slog it up to the hut with skis strapped to the pack. I don't wish to be trapped by monster fallen logs or by being snowed in or by bottoming out in deep snow in my faux off road horseless carriage. Photos from this excursion are coming soon.