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Perisher slackcountry mini trip report

Discussion in 'Backcountry Trip Reports' started by BobGnarly, Jul 21, 2012.

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    BobGnarly

    BobGnarly Dedicated Member

    First up Im not sure where to put this, mods feel free to move it if need be.

    This is a collection of pics and a few words from tuesday 17 to friday 20 july.

    Day 1. After the 15cm dump on Sunday there were still some good stashes to be had but there was a crust developing on the surface which made what looked like powder sometimes very icy and sketchy, it was a pity as there was so much fresh snow that had not been ridden. I was camping at island bend and launched from guthega, did a few runs there before lapping my fav run around the back of double trouble.

    My lunch spot, looking at the back of double trouble.
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    After a few laps there I decided to go and boot pack up the rolling grounds across guthega dam.
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    Well it was hard work with the snow being like mashed potatoes over there so I decided to try a test slope before I invested any more energy into this post hole stomping walk I had undertaken. Sure enough the snow was super slow and sticky so I retreated back to my car and went back to island bend for the night.

    Day 2.
    Another beautiful morning at island bend.
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    On my way out I was approached by a guy who happened to be Mattaus from the forums. See this thread.
    http://forums.ski.com.au/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1685927

    They had been down from QLD for a few days already and were pretty well set up. We had a chat and he introduced me to his brother Chris and their mate AJ. We headed off to guthega together so I could show them some of my favourite parts of the resort. Disaster struck for Chris as on the first run to double trouble he twisted his knee and had to get taken out of a snow mobile by ski patrol who Chris accidentally told we were riding double trouble which is closed. I almost fell over when he said it [​IMG] but the ski patrol guy was a really nice guy and said "ok so you did it here at guthega" with a wink and continued on with his accident report. Dealing with ski patrol was definately a positive experience. Turns out Chris had sustained a grade 1 MCL tear in his knee and was relegated to bar hopping (literally!) for the next few days.
    Matt, AJ and myself continued riding but there was a terrible wind crust on the surface so we decided to call it a day and we all headed back to Island Bend for the night. Much drinking was done with Chris claiming that he was in no pain and should be right for tomorrow. The morning would reveal a different story as his knee was clearly not up for riding.

    Yeah it was windy. Pic taken above pleasant valley station.
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    I dug by hand a small hole to get a look at the crust and what was going on under the surface, you can clearly see the new wind crust which was about 20mm, it was the top of sundays 15cm dump, beneath that you could clearly see the old rain crust layer that was extremely hard and even thicker at about 30mm. In between these 2 layers was quite dry soft snow.
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    Wind crust on the surface
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    A piece of the wind crust
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    It was snowing when we left for the day.
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    BobGnarly

    BobGnarly Dedicated Member

    Day 3. 5cm fresh.
    So it was a cold night, condensation was frozen above our heads as we woke. The river had frozen on the surface and there were ice sheets stuck in the trees from last nights high tide.
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    Grass pattern on the bottom of an ice sheet, I remember as a child my parents caravan had curtains that were clearly made by the same designer.
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    So we were cooking breakfast when a guy from national parks turned up to make sure we had out vehicle permits, he informed us that there had been 5cm new snow over night. Excited by the thought of new snow we headed up to perisher car park so Chris could spend his day bar hopping. The rest of us headed out into the huge lift lines at front valley and made our way over to Mt Perisher. The snow was fresh but was sitting an yesterdays ice crust, there was almost no bond between the old and the new snow. On the chair up there was small (30cm or so) pieces of soft slab that had released below some ski cuts that I saw, it was on a miniature scale but I was experiencing my first soft slab conditions. I was actually excited to see them as I had been expecting just this scenario with the fresh, extremely dry snow sitting on a very thick wind crust. In steeper terrain with more new snow the possibility of avalance would have been high in my extreme noob avalanche eyes. I didnt get any pics of this unfortunately and I am now kicking myself for not taking some.

    We did a few laps in the clear blue skies from above top station at front valley down around the back of double trouble to guthega which was fantastic in the fresh snow which was more like 10cm out there with wind blown stashes much deeper. All day I was eyeing off some lines further out than I had been before, we decided that if the weather was fine tomorrow we would consider having a look out there.
    The still clear conditions leant themselves perfectly to a nice big fire which kept us and a few of the local possums more than warm. The boys cooked up a batch of deviled sausages which went down much better than the noodles I had been living on so far. As the wild turkey and bundy rum flowed the night progressed into a very funny affair with AJ constantly having to either add more wood or reconfigure the wood that was already burning in the fire much to our amusement/horror at times! A fun time was definately had by all.
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    BobGnarly

    BobGnarly Dedicated Member

    Day 4.
    We woke at 6(ish) [​IMG]. Negative 3 on the mercury, it was fresh. The skies appeared cloudy so we assumed there would be no mission to the peak we had been eyeing off the previous day. Once at the top of Mt Perisher however it was a clear as you could get, a check on the loose layer of snow revealed that it had bonded quite well to the crust beneath so we decided it was worth heading out for a look. This is what we were faced with.
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    It was on. So from the top of Mt P we rode straight down the back through some glorious terrain to a smaller peak which we hiked to the top of. The peak we were heading for was the bigger one behind the one we were hiking and can be seen centre of pic above, just in front of the largest peaks in the background.

    Some of the terrain we rode on the way.
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    After hiking the smaller peak we rode down the back of it to the foot of bigger one we were heading for, I am unsure of its name. Numerous checks of the top layer stability were perfomed along the way, it was holding on very well.
    We boot packed to the top which was quite an effort, once at the summit we ate a few mini snickers, drank some water and then warmed out insides with a tiny mouthful of wild turkey that AJ had smuggled along.

    Myself, AJ with the offending mini bottle and Matt in the background assuring his girlfriend that he still loves her after being seperated for 6 days or so haha.
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    You can see Mt Blue Cow in the far upper left of this pic. Mt P is just out of pic on the right.
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    Looking further afield
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    Wind loaded gulley to the side of our line
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    Looking down our line
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    We dropped in one at a time, the snow was beautiful, not as soft as it would have been in the wind loaded area next door but after seeing the way it was releasing yesterday on the wind crust I wasnt taking that chance, we rode all the way to the bottom and across the river on a nice little snow bridge that was conveniently located and then traversed/hiked our way back along to another creek crossing and back up the hill to the burning log cafe. Exhausted and extremely satisfied we were more happy than usual to load onto the t bar and up to the top of the blue cow home trail where I took this pic at the screw.

    The face we rode
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    BobGnarly

    BobGnarly Dedicated Member

    This shows where we went.
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    All in all it was one of the best days Ive had in the mountains, perfect weather, great company and some really nice lines down faces Ive previously only dreamed of riding.

    To Matt,Chris and AJ It was great meeting up with you guys, hopefully we can do it all again sometime. Please feel free to throw up your pics etc when you get back to sunny QLD.
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    BobGnarly

    BobGnarly Dedicated Member

    Forgot to mention I also ran into kunama? Matt from Jindy out at guthega on tuesday I think. Nice to see you out there too mate!
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    PiniPowPow

    PiniPowPow Dedicated Member

    I was out there today, saw your tracks. Its a great spot and easy access with a pass, nice work!
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    Olgreg

    Olgreg Well-Known Member

    Inspiring work Bob. many thanks
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    BobGnarly

    BobGnarly Dedicated Member

    Cheers guys. For the time you spend getting there and back its definately work hiking back up and riding it a few more times. There were some lines on the smaller face that had me drooling but we kept moving with our sights set on the bigger face. Also my snowshoes should be here soon enough so that will save me a heap of energy compared to boot packing it.
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    Telemark Phat

    Telemark Phat Addicted Member

    Looks like you had a ball. You went and rode The Paralyser.
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    BobGnarly

    BobGnarly Dedicated Member

    Cool thanks for that, its good to be able to put a name to the face [​IMG].
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    Mattaus

    Mattaus New Member

    I can't offer too much because it appears that my GoPro skills still need refinement, but I can offer a few still frames from our adventures for the day:

    Naughty naughty...
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    Top of Mount Perisher...I think:
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    Looking out towards our goal (on the far right anyway):
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    Tearing down the back side of Mount Perisher:
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    Working hard to get up the next ridge:
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    AJ Spreading his wings haha:
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    It was a hard slog:
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    The little hill at the end:
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    MANY thanks to 'Bob' for showing us around. Riding resorts will never be the same :-(

    We had a ball and it's an understatement to say that my brother was upset he couldn't join us for the hike on our last day. I'm sure he'll make up for it many times over. sad to say his knee is a even worse than it was the day after he did it. Seems to be stiffening up but being a Med student I'm sure he'll figure it out and get it healed properly. I hope.

    Thanks all!
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    BobGnarly

    BobGnarly Dedicated Member

    Woo you guys made it home!
    Nice pics. Im already planning my next trip out there, going to lap that face and the smaller one before it all day.
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    FourSquare04

    FourSquare04 Dedicated Member

    Nice work fellas, been eyeing off "The Paralyser" for years, looks so fun out there.
    Isn't there Big or main paralyser and 'little paralyser?'

    See any man made booters out there? It's a primo location for it and some big ones have been built out there in the past....
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    BobGnarly

    BobGnarly Dedicated Member

    Little paralyser has to be hiked to reach the big paralyser if you access it from the top of Mt Perisher, I have unfinished business with the little boy thats for sure. We didnt see anything man made except for a set of skin tracks, it looked like 2 guys were there the day before. There are plenty of natural booters out there if you want some air time.
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    DJM

    DJM Dedicated Member

    Well done lads, the BC hook has been set. Drink it down...
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    BrianWilson

    BrianWilson Well-Known Member

    Yeah, good stuff Bob. Things become pretty addictive out there once you have a taste. Wait until you get out to the Western Faces one day.....
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    Mattaus

    Mattaus New Member

    Last of the pics worth sharing. Top one is a bit weird with the bodies being cut off, but the focus is the landscape!

    Top of Mount Perisher:
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    Looking down the last hill:
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    Resting at the top of our trek:
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    - Matt
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    Telemark Phat

    Telemark Phat Addicted Member

    Don't forget the topo if you venture any further.
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    Gimp

    Gimp Well-Known Member

    On ya Bob, once bitten. Back of Mt P was my intro to bc too. just wait til ya standing on top of Twynam looking back at those litte hills, its all a matter of progression. Thanks for sharing and I hope a couple of big spliffies went down out there.
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    BobGnarly

    BobGnarly Dedicated Member

    I have been looking for some, can you point me in the right direction?
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    BobGnarly

    BobGnarly Dedicated Member

    Seriously I cant wait, I am keen as for overnighters.

    Haha man its been years I would need a heli extraction if I did that!
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    tele-whippet

    tele-whippet Dedicated Member Season Pass Holder

    Paddy Pallin, Wilderness Sports or NPWS in Jindy.
    There are also 2 good touring maps as well as the CMA maps, 1 for Thredbo and 1 for Perisher.
    Ask about these also.
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    climberman

    climberman Part of the Furniture Season Pass Holder

    Are the NWS XC 1:25K touring maps still in print ?
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    Mattaus

    Mattaus New Member

    Honestly my brother and I are looking at coming down again next year and doing exactly what you're talking about. If you'd have us, we'd LOVE to tag along.

    Also we're going to try and time it so we can get some avi courses and what-not in around the same time....so we won't be totally useless!

    Cheers,

    - Matt
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    BobGnarly

    BobGnarly Dedicated Member

    You know thats a done deal!
    Im pretty sure Damian will be back next year with some avalanche courses, probably mid to late august will be the time to pencil in. In the mean time get yourself a copy of staying alive in avalanche terrain by Bruce Tremper.
    You will have plenty of time to get your beacon,probe,shovel,snowshoes,poles and board carrying backpack sorted at least.

    In other news I just had a mate lend me a copy of skiing the western faces kosciusko by Alan Andrews. Looks like a good read, thanks Mick!
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    Mattaus

    Mattaus New Member

    I'll let my brother know [​IMG]
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    Jamesc

    Jamesc Well-Known Member

    whats the swallow tail board i see there? brand model size etc?

    Looks like a good trip will have to try and convince one of my friends to come for a walk when im down in a few weeks
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    BobGnarly

    BobGnarly Dedicated Member

    Yeah man its a burton supermodel 172 that I did a DIY swallowtail on. Its my go to board.
    I even did a day on my neversummer sl (you can see it in some of the pics) and went straight back to the supermodel.
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    BobGnarly

    BobGnarly Dedicated Member

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    Here is a pic of the tail pre chop job
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    Mattaus

    Mattaus New Member

    My brother has a list of our intended Back Country gear as long as his arm and as expensive as the GDP of China.

    Interesting stuff. Learning a lot already but scary at the same time!
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    BobGnarly

    BobGnarly Dedicated Member

    Haha classic.
    Next year we camp on the main range hey?
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    Mattaus

    Mattaus New Member

    That appears to be the plan!
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    Mils

    Mils Dedicated Member

    holy crap, I just noticed you didn't have snowshoes? did you walk it with just boots? that must have killed yas!
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    BobGnarly

    BobGnarly Dedicated Member

    Hehe no snowshoes that day, I now own some though.
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    MD0086

    MD0086 New Member

    That looks pretty awesome.
    So you just did day trips from various locations in perisher?
    Id be keen as mustard to give this a try!
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    BobGnarly

    BobGnarly Dedicated Member

    Yeah mate its a great way to get your legs and lungs conditioned for BC work and also to feel the stoke associated with riding a nice big open face where the only tracks are yours. I did it again last sunday too.
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    MD0086

    MD0086 New Member

    Totally agree! I did Mt Wheatley the other day and man I was so much more tired than I have ever been when I boarded the resort.
    Let me know if you ever go on a Tues, Wed or Thurs. Ill be there.
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    Ralph_implement

    Ralph_implement Dedicated Member

    Nice work bob.
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    BobGnarly

    BobGnarly Dedicated Member

    Could be on this tuesday if the weather is good. I will be riding sat,sun,mon,tue.
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    MD0086

    MD0086 New Member

    Excellent keep me posted!
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    BobGnarly

    BobGnarly Dedicated Member

    sent you a PM MD0086
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    waylow

    waylow Well-Known Member

    I heard some tool lost his board out there this morning? [​IMG]
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    BobGnarly

    BobGnarly Dedicated Member

    Haha bad news travels fast! Poor old MD dropped his board after our first run, he ran after it and did the full dive, got a hand on it but the board had other ideas [​IMG]. By the time he fished his board out I had done another lap.
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    waylow

    waylow Well-Known Member

    You see my poor brother hasn't been graced with much in life. Intelligence sure wasn't one of those things! He was sitting on the phone to me telling me the story while you were on that second lap!

    Small world too, we all know someone in common in something totally unrelated to the snow!
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    BobGnarly

    BobGnarly Dedicated Member

    [​IMG] small world for sure
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    FourSquare04

    FourSquare04 Dedicated Member

    Have you thought about trying to turn your board into a splitboard?
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    Camelot

    Camelot Dedicated Member

    Great work Bob, hard yards but big rewards [​IMG]
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    BobGnarly

    BobGnarly Dedicated Member

    Yeah I have many times but its my fav board and I dont want to cut it. I will own a split soon enough.
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    BobGnarly

    BobGnarly Dedicated Member

    A few vids from friday August 31. Theres a decent stack in the first one [​IMG].





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    MD0086

    MD0086 New Member

    That's wicked!
    Gotta get one of those poles eh.