Access Report Mulhauser Stoneytops & West Kiewa (Diamintina Horse Yards)

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  1. Ubiquitous Steve

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    Recent trip to Stoneytops reveal that Dungey Track to Stoneytops Track has been graded and is excellent.Stoneytops to barrier is in good shape :above barrier is unknown.

    Mulhauser access is good because hardwood logging is being carried out on Mulhauser Track half a km approx. from the junction with Snowy Log Rd.Caravans and trucks are parked at this junction.Snowy Log Rd is in excellent condition because of recent works for these trucks...its a very fast cruise....Be very careful here as log trucks are on this road..Track to Mulhauser Camp is good too..Whole day of wiper snipping has restored order into Camp Mulhe,,Half of walking track has also been touched up with brush cutter..little ring rd just below Camp Mulhe just prior to steep incline has been cleared too.

    Bridge work on Diamintina Bridge and on Blairs Bridge over West Kiewa has been completed just prior to easter so West Kiewa Logging rd is also good at moment as workers have been in and out and finally walked dozer out pushing logs off rd way.

    Also Pretty Valley Hut is stocked with a couple tons of firewood.........
     
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    Thanks so much for that - I am thinking of a recce trip in the area in the next few weeks to test our our new Jeep.

    :cheers::thumbs:
     
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    Please watch log trucks on Snowy Log Rd(Mulhauser approach) If u have UHF radio maybe tell them your on the rd.And watch for few sticks on upper Mulhauser track as I been to busy to walk down road and throw stuff off!!U enter a logging coupe area so tell them that your about and these guys are friendly cos they worry about their gear getting sabotaged too..
    The 3 areas mentioned are good to check out now as roads are as good as they will ever be....

    Good luck CM...
     
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    Needs more maps for context. ;)

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    Yep. Mul Spur walking track from the camp isn't marked on VSG's map but is very clear on the ground. Madison Hut is ruins.
     
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    Long Spur Track is becoming overgrown again according to walkers reports...
    but we can say Mulhauser walking track is very distinct and will get even better when the Bears get up there again to recut the last half km of the ascending traverse into the little saddle just west of Mt Mulhauser.Its good now but just needs a touch up to keep the moist foliage away from travellers legs and arms as they cruise up...Parks really need to organize a work party to brushcut the route in the ANP towards and over Bossiea Hill to Cleve Cole.
    And we would love to see Parks rebuild a hut at Madisons Ruin...to take pressure off Cleve Cole Hut.....Maybe Bogong has got pics of the old one...??
     
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    More works completed on Sunday on Mulhauser Approach:most little chain fitting/pullover/passing areas have been wiper snipped and cleared up especially the ring rd(baby) before the final hill.

    Team Bears could see the weather forecast so we made sure Pretty Valley Hut is well stocked with fire wood and also we pulled a few strings made sure of the same at Cope Saddle Hut.

    We saw that Cope Hut had no firewood what so ever and some how managed to get a load into the wood shelter.

    Team Bears cannot be every where so please take some time to stock any hut you travel to in the next month with plenty of firewood please and maybe carry out new saw blades/firelighters/candels/dunny rolls etc...

    We hope to visit Westons and Ropers Huts in next few weeks to check on firewood supplies etc.....

    There was no time for completion of wiper/snip of upper half of walking track from Camp Mulhe to Long Spur.

    A trip to Stoneytops Camp on Monday showed the track is clear and surface is pretty good..
     
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    Steve - Blowette wants to join your crew:

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    Haha! I would have expected no less SB. Classic.
     
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    Bears like Blowette choice of saws....

    I need one this size to take over to Ropers and Westons Huts....cos it takes to long to cut up poles for fire wood with hand saws..
    Definitely ganna get 2nd saw of this size and do job in couple of hours then sit around and enjoy the day...

    Too stuffed to cut wood to size for Cope Hut but at least its in wood shelter waiting for Blowette to cut some into wood stove sizes. Bears were really dismayed to see no firewood at all out there..Outside fires seem to have consumed all supplies....

    Good to see little ones with good hardware and using correct technique prepared for kick of chain...good stuff...
     
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    Bugger....
    Hit big roo last night sth of Gisborne...Thank god for bulbar...
    nasty impact 80km hour....minimal damage..more busted plastic grill...bull bar rearranged on its adjustable bolts..
    Light not brocken but knocked of adjusters(globe gone)
    Drivers front panel moved a little so door makes noise closing but its minimal..
    Small scratch in bonnet only as anchor for aerial on bulbar pushed back into bonnet..

    Bears right out of their tree after this incident......
    So we are still in business in regards to High Plains Unofficial Activities..

    This is our third major impact with roos...collision with bambi was just stupid animal running into front of vehicle...

    Alternator now 946,000km old has fracture in mounting brackets and needs replacing ASAP but this was due to driving over rough corrugated pot holed surfaces we think...
     
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    You have been very lucky US. It could have been much worse - especially if the roo was at the top end of its hop. Then it would have been very easy going through your windscreen.
     
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    I've found them pretty good lately as we've been getting regular rain. Before it started to rain in mid Feb they were all over the road.
     
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    Got back to Cope Hut over weekend with some trepidation because of snow forecast....but there was no snow on ground at all and very little falling...antifreeze checked kero in diesel tank we where expecting all sorts of nasty rd conditions... it was a very easy drive to Cope Hut with no horizontal rain nor driving wind...models smodels!!!
    Bears are happy to report all firewood now cut up into suitable sizes for wood stove.

    Rodents must be pleased to see the Team disappear after all noisy activities of the little bears...Wood supply is now good in this hut ...hand saw is present which has a 30in blade..no hatchets or splitters or axes in wood shelter though..
     
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    Bears also went exploring in Falls Ck downhill areas...we checked out the Lorna Dunkley shelter...for a place to shelter/or for sleep over for the Team!!!

    It remains unlocked obviously for safety reasons and would provide a good place to stop while bushwalking/skiing when weather is terrible....maybe a place to crash on ski trips on the first day to save putting up a tent!!!

    Shelter a the top of Eagles and Scotts lifts..interesting building but pity power is off .....
     
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    Team Bears got out to Ropers Hut on sunday weather was ok after a rain soaking saturday.
    Bears trolley had flat tyre but they pulled it all the same over the fire trail via Nelses/Warby Corner from Watchbed Ck barrier.
    Now there is firewood in hut!! Saws are 30inch blades appear to be ok.There is an axe and hatchet there.
    Left some candles and firelighters.We spent about three hours cutting and gathering...took about 2&half hours to get over & we left at 4pm and got back to vehicle by 6.30...
    A big day but it was sunny and mild after a cold start..Door knob on outside of Ropers Door has gone and some wire is being used to open and close the door but this works ok...:thumbs:o_O
     
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    Love your work US, stay safe. :thumbs:
     
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    random observation but you have the same floor tiles as me.

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    More good news is....

    Team Bears took advantage of mild settled weather and from Diamintina Horse Yards walked the 3km past Blairs Hut and up to Westons Hut..
    Parks appear to have slashed the 4X4 Track uptowards Westons and also to Blairs ..
    Foot track is clear of fallen debri form the little creek that is crossed about 1km from West Kiewa Logging Rd..thro to Westons.
    Team Bears spent about 3hours cutting and gathering wood for the wood stove and stashing it inside out of future weather..
    Our new Echo 310ES got its first work out..
    The West Kiewa logging road is clear all the way in the 27km from Big Hill:::::trip takes about one and half hours from Mt Beauty but this was at night with dodgy headlight system...
    Spent Saturday night at Diamintina Horse Yards which is a brilliant campsite.....some pics of new weapon of mass destruction will follow later in week..We left candles and fire lighters too...Hut is in good order has 30in saw with spare blade and a little splitter and our old kettle is still out there too!!!
    Tap is running at moment as creek levels have increased...so getting water is pretty simple...
    note there is no toilet down at Westons....
    Trip takes about one and half hours on foot from Diamintina Barrier to Westons the same as the drive out to Mt Beauty!!!!
     
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    Good work US; thanks.

    I see some 4WDers are now cutting their firewood with battery-powered reciprocating saws. Not a bad option if you're already equipped with deep cycle battery and inverter.
     
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    Hey Ziggy u got to get down into Diamintina Horse Yard Camp is so amazing down there but bit tedious driving in and out...

    Team Bears are on schedule with their list of works and can probably cruise now as we put in all hard yards before snow hits ground making
    access more problematic...

    This weather is amazing and has helped us greatly......
    I have heard that the lease to Red Robin Mine will expire shortly and Mr Harris will not renew it....but this is unconfirmed....we are wondering what will happen to this property....Could be a good development for Parks Vic...Eco tourism/conference centre?????

    Few more weekends and then road closures will take affect so we are factoring that in to our unofficial management plans!!!!

    Bears have also noted that the old walking track/horse trail to Blairs Hut from the top of the first hill as you come along management trail towards the bridge over West Kiewa (close by Blairs) from the barrier near Diamintina Horse Yards has also been recut by Parks(we presume) and this is a nice direct/pleasant alternative to the jeep track...
     
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    Hey US - love your work too! Hope you get paid something for your efforts.

    Re Bogong access: playing Devil's advocate here, seems like we need more logging to get good 4WD tracks? I assume in these austere times Parks & DEPI won't have the cash or probably interest in maintaining BC access to the hills? (Inc Long Spur).

    Maybe if we returned to a Four-wheeler annual levy - say 100k true 4WDs in state * $100 p.a= ~ $10m p.a. Not a fortune but still would considerably maintains the main alpine access routes & many lowland/coastal routes as well.

    Be better than loosing tracks to erosion and undergrowth/blackberries!
     
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    However some special trees we just leave cos they look pretty
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    For Ziggy to read says the Bears!!
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    Another good weekend for camping at Diamantina H.Yds
    Weather socked in above 1,400meters all weekend but down in valley it was warm with no rain at all..

    Making the most of the continuing warm spell Team Bears trotted off to Blairs Hut and made sure that plenty of firewood is in the Hut. There is only a hand saw there and no splitter...saw blade is probably blunt....
    We cut,gathered and used our axe to split any blocks up....Bears were happy with their work as they departed mid arvo...
    Note another party coming in from Dungeys Track had to winch their way up the last steep slippery clay hill on to the West Kiewa Logging Rd...so ford is not an issue at moment but slippery hill will stop you just before WKLRd...

    The 27km in from barrier to barrier on WKLRd. is good free of obstacles but its getting a little slippery in places ......only open till just after QBWeekend...
     
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    The Team got wet boots over weekend but got Pretty Valley wood stocks well up...checked on Cope Saddle where they cut up existing longer pieces to fit the big wood stove and even shot over to Ryders Hut to cut up firewood left in wood shelter(under roof) putting dry pieces inside hut and then finding other logs near by to cut up and drag into wood shelter..
    We got a little damp but succeeded even leaving some fire lighters and matches around the place too..Also left little wood splitter in Cope Saddle wood box too...
     
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    Interesting Long Weekend....T/Bears did a few finishing touches to wood supplies on High Plains...
    Cope Hut
    Cope Saddle
    Pretty Valley
    Ryders
    Westons
    Blairs
    Ropers ALL A/OK for season 2014.....
    Now T/Bears waiting for C.C to whip up some good models that deliver the goods.....
     
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    It was not clear whether BHP Rd closed from Dam Wall around Rocky Valley so Team Bears decided to focus attention on two huts that get heavy useage in winter months.

    We knocked off Staircase to Bivouc Hut and Eskdale to Michelle Hut.

    There was a pitiful supply of twigs at Michelle Refuge Hut but now it is well stocked for Nectre.
    There is a small hatchet there and a 21 inch blade saw that would undoubtly need a new blade.
    If some body brought a small axe or splitter it would be a great advantage.

    Bivouc Hut has an axe and though blunt it will split blocks.There is a 30inch blade saw which also needs a replacement
    blade.
    After T/Bears produced a reasonable supply of firewood they returned from their mission in the dark with their led torches.

    We were dismayed by all the graffiti on the walls at Michelle Refuge Hut!!!!
    Both tracks viz.Staircase &
     
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    Eskdale Spur are in good condition with no debri across them....
     
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    Yeah, that annoys me. Spent half a day washing off the charcoal graffiti a couple of years back, was then tempted to contact parks and paint the interior.
     
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    I presume it was one of a school group and I feel that all schools should take responsibility for it and organize a group of leaders/teachers and kids to come up and clean it all up....its really shocking..so god dam disrespectful and childish....
     
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    Again Team Bears got more work in before monster fronts lash the area...
    Again we staggered up the Staircase to Bivouc and did a bit more with the wood supply/also checked rainwater tank(full & clean) and cleaned its little filter.Bivouc looking very very good now..

    Then sunday was a nice sunny settled day and we seized the opportunity to head to Ropers Hut for one more go on firewood.We got back late after a magic day but got caught by barrier(padlocked) on dam wall on way out..

    Now we have done as much as we can now and with snow forecast we are having a rest for awhile...
     
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    I'm gearing up for some of this BC stuff this year, having sorted out the ski brakes. Did a recon on Queens B'day to the abovementioned for the 1st time ever.

    Wasn't me - I left plenty, although dead stuff on the ground is getting harder to find. Once you walk off the track into the scrub more can be found.

    Hatchet needs a sharpen.

    You're not wrong! Now I know why they didn't leave a pen, else I would have noted the maint requirements in the Parks Vic book. It seems 'Stacey' gets quite a mention, however...
     
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    Stoneytops Access checked out on Sunday.....spent whole day with chainsaw despatching all obstacles on road surface and protruding poles on edge of road way..a little snow just before barrier and snow carpark...flattened snow with 4x4 by running circles for half an hour or so!!! Previous party had delt with major obstacles so Team Bears had less major work to do....
    Access to barrier now very good,surface slippery need 4x4 with winter treads..
     
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    Great work Ubiquitous Steve. Did you go in via the Freeburgh side or the Mt Beauty side?
     
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    Freeburgh approach is good not sure of conditions from Mt Beauty best to skip over tar via Tawonga Gap and in from Freeburgh bridge over Ovens.
     
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    Snow right down to barrier at moment so need snow shoes /skis/split boards to get from barrier to old helipad at end of 4x4 track …must be deep snow now on foot track there after up and over Nth Peak...
     
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    No pigs in the forecast period…..all seems ok on the feral front….
     
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    Thanks Steve.
     
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    Got up on Stoneytops Approach Saturday arvo and drove to within 1km of barrier where I was stopped by snow....walked last bit with saw but notanything much to cut....so track free of all debri to barrier but snow will stop all but big 4x4.s with chains and diff locks fitted....saw three trailbikes that cut thro snow wich was almost 1ft deep at barrier...
     
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    Thanks Steve.
     
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    Pics from July 7th......
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    then on the 14thjuly it was only possible to get with 1 km of the barrier due to further snow fall!!! Bears said it was bit cold for a swim in de lake(dam)
     
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    Mulhauser track is all good & clear up to the saddle & Long Spur walking track intersection, which then becomes really quite overgrown as you head West.. Still can push your way through easily enough but would be hard to see a snake etc.

    Didn't pay attention once we hit snow as it was covered and we were skinning.
     
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    Up to Mulhauser Cup weekend and cleared a number of fallen trees on last 3kms. Pleasant suprise to find the campsite ressembling the pristine alpine environment it should be. Parks must have done a clean up! Good to see people's unwanted garden furniture, 44's and other rubbish removed from the site.
     
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    Problem will be that water in 44"s and plastic drums was there for fire fighting purposes ...so somebody has done the camp a disservice really..Parks are not involved in any aspects of Camp Mulhauser it is in a hard wood logging area..and is controlled by DSE.. It is not your typical Alpine Pristine Environment but has been heavily managed so fallen trees have been removed from the small area that can be used for camping...From memory there was a table and a couple of plastic chairs that were good to sit on while preparing a meal...again not a real bright idea be some members cleaning up...
    But thanks for clearing fallen trees on the track....the area around this camp is pristine and the walk to Long Spur above is pristine but track works have been regularly under taken here and again Parks Vic have not contributed to that and have trouble managing Long Spur inside their National Park Boundary...

    So it would appear that extinguishing camp fires at this site has just become more difficult...
    Also note troublesome stumps at least 4 have been painstakingly removed by Team Bears to facilitate safer access and camping(managed environment).

    But Bears do appreciate your clearing works on the access tracks!!

    Also note some blackberries were sprayed by some local horse riders not by Parks Vic...

    We do appreciate the efforts of DSE when they rescue snow bound vehicle by sending in a D4 to clear the track...they also have put a few culverts in and we appreciate that too..
    Make no mistake Camp Mulhauser has been heavily managed and not let go feral which was the case several years ago..
     
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    There would be no Camp Mulhauser if Parks Vic was running the show...there would be blackberries fallen trees dead wattle trees and dangerous trees around the camping area ..the area you see has been heavily managed all fallen trees have been cut up and removed otherwise you could not use the area at all...the sign at the top of the Mulhauser Spur is half burnt from previous fires and still has not been replaced!!!
    DSE do make some great contributions but it is not the efforts of ParksVic at all ...
     
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    Yoiks. Where are team bears gonna sit and munch on their Mars bars?!
     
  49. Ubiquitous Steve

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    Hopefully some kind citizen will fabricate a nice picnic table and bolt and essemble it in the area ....that would be a worthwhile project for forum members that would permantly benefit all...nice red gum would be the go then we would have no need for less than ideal tables and chairs in this beautiful area...
     
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  50. Hawkeye

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    Ok, not sure who has overall management of the place. Granted a lot of hard work has obviously been done by some individuals, and groups, to clear the site around the camp and maintain the track up to the AAWT. Possibly the same individuals took it upon themselves the clear the eyesore as the place was starting to resemble someone's personal humpy with all that industrial waste around the place.
    I can honestly say the place feels more like a campsite now that the hard rubbish has been removed from around the fire. Lets face it, who wants to sit around a fire surrounded by 44 gallon drums and someones old garden furniture it simply did not belong there. It felt like the back of a wreckers yard lol
    Not sure firefighting or extinguishing fires was a valid reason for having all those drums around the fire place. Simply bring sufficient water with you, a spray pack and establish your own fire point once on site. Anyone who believes they would be able to fight a bush fire in that location does not understand the dangers of forrest fires. To mitigate any risk one would assume that a bit of common sense would need to come into play, but as we know common sense is not that common.
    Anyway the place looks great now that it has had some additional clearing. To those who do the hard work well done your efforts are appreciated.