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Romfrantic

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Alex C, yours is Bogong area, yes? can't narrow it down though.

Ijay, somehow I'm thinking a canyon exit (or something like that) in the Blue Mts somewhere...otherwise CM's suggestion is also quite feasible.
 

Ijay

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NSW is on the money.

This spot is 16km from the road and not far from a major river, a old fire trail leads most of the way there.
 

Ijay

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This may help determine the locality.
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AutumnHeart

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Ijay,

Pindar Cave?

A short detour off the Great North Walk above Wondabyne. Big enough to camp a whole Scout troop without need for tents!

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GS

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Alex, nice pic! Was that over the long weekend? Not much regrowth yet by the look of it, or is it all low regrowth not visible in pic?

Is it Bogong Staircase from around Michell Hut? Or at least from Eskdale Spur?

Ijay - I have know idea, but hows Yarrongilly Caves as a guess?
 

Alex.C

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Romfrantic is correct its Bogong, taken from Michell hut.

GS: Yeah it was taken yesterday morning, theres not much low stuff visible in that picture other than the dead trees in the foreground. Doesn't seem to be much growing back in that area bigger than 2m or so currently.

Also heres a pano from further up Eskdale Spur:

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crango

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Again not backcountry but at least I was on tele skis when this was shot on a borrowed cardboard camera in '96 (or '95). There's plenty frontside skiers here and everyone's interested in big snow. Where is it?
 
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Ijay

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OK. Thanks all for your interest in my photo.

Tomorrow I will post map etc.

This cave/overhang is in the Wollemi NP and has significant historical connection with the first mapping survey of the area. It is not often visited ( so far as I can see from the Log book) and makes for a decent day walk, 32k return says my GPS.

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Ijay said:
Change seasons... back to last Spring.

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This place is Clews Cave, named after Lieutenant Colonel H.P.G. Clews ( Major Clews ) who conducted the first trig. survey of the area.

Acces for me was from the Putty Road just North of the New Yards.

The cave is shown on the CMA Colo Heghts 1:25k topo map.
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Once off the fire track the country is like this
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Major Clews wrote of his surveying experience in the Colo region in a work titled "The Bad Bit Across the River", here is part of it
Until mapped by the Army from air photos in the early 1930s, this country was practically unknown. There was however one Cadastral position surveyed on a basalt outcrop area at Mount Cameron. It would be interesting to have the Lands story of this survey. Also the Colo River had been traversed in quite early days with a view to siting the railway from Sydney to the west up the valley instead of the mountain route finally adopted. This survey would also make an interesting story. It is the intention now to describe the difficulties encountered by myself and party in getting into this country. Inter alia, it is surprising that this area appears to be outside the ambit of all the walking clubs.

I first encountered the difficulties of this area when obtaining control for the St. Albans map which included a few miles to the west of the Colo River. Please remember that air photos were not in use at this time, and all information as to terrain was by the old method of walk in and look about, from the Putty Road at the New Yard we worked along the main spur to the west towards the Colo River, and surprisingly found the spur to the river, Put in three control points Parr Spur, Parr West and Island. From the last two we had our first look into the Colo Gorge, but no way down from this side could be found, although the other side appeared to be passible,

So one day Roberts took our vehicle to Mount Tootie to the north of Bell’ s Line of Road near Bilpin, and self and Fegan (my survey hand) wandered down the ridge towards the junction of the Wollangambe Creek with the Colo River. I think we got into the river that night, but may have taken another day, Anyway we camped on the river one night, first of many times I slept in the river ravine. Next morning we walked up the river inspecting the eastern cliff for a possible route up. Most of the creeks seemed to come over the cliffs in a waterfall, but one did not, and while it did not look good it seemed the best bet so far. In walking up the river we had noted vestigas of the disused pack track for the old railway survey.
It seems he is remembered mostly for his survey work at the start of the Snowy Scheme and his reclusivness.

Further info here and here.
 
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Snow Blowey

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Crangos shot looks like Mt P - looking south with thredbo valley in the background. Possibly either eyre or international t-bar.
 

crango

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Right, Blowey. It's Eyre, tower 7 I think. I remember at tower 8 the snow was right up to the sheaves and you could ski across the cable! Unfortunately couldn't borrow a camera to get that.

Naturally Eyre T wasn't running, but International was - after a bit of cat work, and we skied most of Eyre from it. Sun Valley changed shape completely; a huge drift off Olympic dog leg had to be 20 metres deep in places.

Unbelievably that snow was the result of a single patch of NW weather over 2-3 days. It was 'solid' snow - high water content - didn't compress under its own weight, or skis. Happened very near season close. While all parts of Perisher received good top-ups, the consistent north-westerly produced remarkable localised buildups on the lee sides of Mt P and Back P.

I've just looked back at the weekly snow depth data that SteepNDeep posted last year. Neither '95 or '96 seem to reflect what happened, but '96 seems more likely.

It's on record. Perisher Media Dept were out videoing the unusual sights.
 

Majikthise

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stuff that map ijay...
is it marked on the Bob Buck sketch.
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(the only map worth having for the area!)
 
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seak

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Majikthise; it is. About two finger-widths E of the confluence of the Wollangambe and Colo Rivers. But I think you know that already...
 

Majikthise

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seak said:
Majikthise; it is. About two finger-widths E of the confluence of the Wollangambe and Colo Rivers. But I think you know that already...
so he could've said top of pass 24 - Clew's short cut and we would've all known what he meant;)
 
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Alex.C

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Romfrantic said:
:headbang: ...oh I don't know
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Its the lonely tree in the saddle at Mount Stirling near the top of Stanley's Bowl:

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(another image a year or two earlier)
 
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Ranger Kev

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And I think the Chopper is Bell 212 - not sure on that, but I reckon it was taken last year when new toilet sites were being inspected for Michell and Bivouac hut sites? Is the date close?
 

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Sorry, bit vague at this time of day. Budawangs, Morton NP, fromt eh Castle over Byangee (sp? Walls towards the coast. Pigeonhouse out of frame to the R(S)?

A NSW classic, to be sure, to be sure.
 

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Yep, on top of The Castle in the Budawangs, looking south-east over the flat topped Byangee Mountain. Fascinating walk, quite unlike anything we have in Victoria. Nearby Monolith Valley is one of the most overwhelming places I've been to
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Love the Castle/Byangee area. Did a weekend walk a few years ago across the top of Byangee Walls. Bit tricky to find a way to the top and there's no water (unless it's been raining a lot), so had to take in one hell of a lot of water to keep us going for two hot days.
 

Bogong

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The Budawang's were a real eye opener when I did then on Cup Weekend two years ago. What a shame there isn't a north-south track allowing a decent extended walk. We went in from the west, so the first and last days were really just a dull approach march. But the second and third days
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wow, truly wonderful!

Okay, try this one. The red dirt may be helpful in working out the location.
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Graeme

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tasskibum I can't see yhour image this evening, so I thought I would throw one in:
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there might be a 10 page limit in place here, so if folks are still interested it is probably time for anew thread
 
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