The Culmination - Crosscut Saw, Howitt & Magdala

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  1. hongomania

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    Having gone to timbertop, mt howitt and the surrounding area has always been my favourite part of our high country. It feels like home. It has been on the to ski list since; and I am stoked that I have finished a fantastic season by finally getting out there.

    The skiing was truly spectacular. Easily my favourite backcountry terrain. It really did have it all. Plus the remoteness of it in winter; and being in the heart of the GDR; it's very special

    Lots of birds out hunting; even the snakes are out and about

    Day 1 - lake cobbler to mt spec ridgeline

    Having had a flat out week getting work done (and resting my body); i was in no rush to get moving. Spent the night camped on the king river at cheshunt. It's not just about the skiing; I love the whole trip experience. Car camping, local food, countryside driving; spring valley warmth.

    Started hiking around 230pm; making it to the ridge line above camp creek at sunset. It's a very nice walk actually; even on a 4wd trail. Given that it's closed; and the way you slowly climb up onto the plateau; cant think of anywhere comparable #feels

    Day 2 - mt spec - mac springs

    If you have not done this route then you must. Easily the premier alpine walking experience in Australia. No need to go into more detail. Get out there and experience it

    In mixed spring conditions the going was VERY slow; my idea to do the route entirely in runners probably did not help...

    Day 3 - mt howitt; mt magdala

    -5 degrees overnight + ideal spring daytime conditions meant the snow was perfectly ready to harvest. Skiied a number of lines on howitt until 230. With the southern aspects still sporting a full cover to low altitudes; there was endless terrain on offer. I had the single most fun backcountry line ever. So much terrain variation in the one run

    @GregTheMoose and I parted ways after lunch, he went back to relax at the hut. I was excited to go off on my own; pushing my limits using all my season fitness; bootpacking to mt magdala and back to the hut by sunset.

    Day 4 - mac springs - lake cobbler

    A misty morning; clearing as we got to the Crosscut for some spectacular views. Made it to spec at 430; at which point the rain started. Not feeling like a miserable wet night in my bivy; plus I had nutella crossiants in my car; we powered out the final 15km in under 2.5 hours.



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    Noice!!!
     
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    So much snow still there. Great trip and pictures. Bet you will be back for more!
     
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    That is a rather "large" day 4 there ..
    Broke into a sweat just reading it.
    Very nice!
     
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    Some food drops will be made over summer
     
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    What better way to finish your season than one final line down the crosscut; then a slog until after dark! Props to greg for keeping up with me on my crazy forest adventure times
     
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    You da man hongo
     
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    I came in here just to post an American Pie gif but you beat me to it

    Thanks for the great pics and reports over the season
     
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    WTF no MOTBC all season. Cheers for the reports all season bloke, in awe of your commitment, stamina and sense of adventure. Rage on.
     
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    Man that’s setting a high bar! Well done....nice pics...brilliant effort ...
     
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    That’s an insane amount of snow for that area for September.

    And and insane trip & lines, you are the man hongo.
     
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    Thanks for all the kind words everyone. Has been a fantastic season; I really did leave it all out there; physically and mentally. Pushed myself all season. For the first time ever I was content with the season ending; time to focus on some other things.

    Couple more photos thanks to @GregTheMoose
    I am very lucky to have my own personal photographer! Just as much as the skiing; I love taking photos of our stunning high country and sharing it with like minded people


     
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    Second w Viking - what a great shot!
     
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    :clap::clap:...Viking and Razor.....stunning pics....pleasing that your weather window was good for your trip.

    Hope you have a relaxing summer...

    That top picture with the snow gums throwing shadows is beautiful!
     
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    Highly impressive photos. Mind blowing scenery , insane amounts of fitness, stamina and overall BC XC skiing and outdoors skills. You can't say that when you are old and feeble that you didn't give life a red hot go!.
     
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