the BC chatter thread

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by piolet, Jul 14, 2011.

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    Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Might take on next edition of Gentlemen's Tour of NZ. Actually works quite well.... light, good sun protection, deflects small branches when dodging trees.
     
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    tele-whippet

    tele-whippet beard stroker Season Pass Gold

    Ah ha!
    Am putting together the pieces of smoke and mirrors.
     
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    Kletterer

    Kletterer Addicted Member Season Pass Gold

    Always wear a helmet near bad Ducks.
     
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    Endless_Winter

    Endless_Winter Dedicated Member

    Went for a walk up Mt Feathertop on Thursday (trying to avoid easter weekend crowds :mad:) climbing up via Bungalow Spur. I've never done it from the valley before (previously come via the Razorback), so I was interested in how long it would take and the distance.

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    Stunning weather, given only a few days earlier a southerly storm brought in a fair amount of snow for this time of year.

    The hut is in good shape, although there wasn't a huge amount of water in the tank. I'd never really looked at the tank before so I was surprised only half of the roof drains into it and that it's in a slightly shady position (could be around the front of the hut for more sun).

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    Western side of the Razorback looking south (you may just pick up the speck of the phone tower on Mt Hotham)
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    Zoomed in Mt Hotham with back of twin knobs on the left.

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    The snow sure melted quickly!

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    I like this photo taken from Mollie Hill, but I prefer it when it looks like the next photo!

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    I don't think there's much point in wearing an avalanche beacon if you drop in here (avalanche gully), because if it goes, you are DEAD. On a lighter note, Diamantina spur in mid-photo and Mt Loch in the upper right corner.

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    Left of the ridge in the centre is Hellfire gully, right of it is Avalanche gully.
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    High knob, Diamantina Spur, The Razorback and Mt Hotham on the horizon.

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    On the summit ridge looking north

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    Mt Loch, you can probably make out the gotcha lift towers as well.

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    Summit Ridge. This storm obviously came in with a fear bit of south in it as you can see the snow started forming a wind lip on the north side, funny as the cornices (as you will see shortly) always form on the south side.
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    In winter, would you drop in here?

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    Looks like a mellow spot to drop in! :whistle:

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    But did you factor in the car sized cornice? :eek:

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    One of the most striking parts of the victorian treeline landscape I reckon are burnt out snow gums

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    This non-burned snow gum at the intersection of the razorback and bungalow spur is amazing. Just a shame they couldn't put the sign about 10 metres to the right. :crap:

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    Overall the trip took about 6 and 1/2 hours and 18.5 km, so it's a little shorter than coming via the razorback, but not by much, although I took a short diversion along the razorback (up to Mollie Hill) to get some photos. The vertical climb is about 1350m.


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    Here's hoping it's back to this soon!!!!! :):)

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    Time

    Time Active Member

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    nfip

    nfip Addicted Member Season Pass Gold

    Just something that I read a while back in Backcountry mag stuck in my mind.
    Thought I'd share , if it helps 1 person sometime it's worth my while.

    Include in your First Aid kits "two low cost high yield medications " .
    Quoting.
    Benadryl for allergic reactions that can quickly turn life threatening in remote environments ,
    and Aspirin for chest pain ( still one of the best medications to reduce complications of a heart attack).

    Something we all possibly overlook as we are geared more for trauma emergencies.
    As in any first aid kit etc . , bit like Insurance.
    You hope you never need it.
    Cheers
     
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    Endless_Winter

    Endless_Winter Dedicated Member

    Don't be put off, it's a pretty easy route. Very protected and mellow angle (it was originally used by pack horses), although it's a little overgrown in places with a few fallen logs. I got really wet feet as I wore trainers (a lot of the route up is shady and there was a heavy dew that night), I should really buy hiking boots! :confused: I wanted to take the razorback to Hotham instead of returning to harrietville, but I was solo and didn't want to take the chance/wait time trying to hitch back to down in the late arvo with a drive back to Melbourne following that.

    Someone should tell the kiwis! :p All the hut tanks I've seen in NZ are north facing and black!!
     
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    Time

    Time Active Member

    Yep, and most of the NZ Hut guides i've seen also recommend boiling water before consumption. Same is true for pretty well any water you come across anywhere in the world. Australia forgets is pretty lucky in the availability of clean safe straight out of the tap water.
     
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    shabu_shabu

    shabu_shabu Active Member Season Pass Gold

    Just on water purity, has anyone had experience using the UV purification devices? One issue I've heard is, being battery operated, they lose efficiency in cold (below zero) temperatures.
     
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    Ubiquitous Steve

    Ubiquitous Steve Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Stunning pictures...a very enjoyable report....and now I am wiser in regard to rainwater tank too.It will fill up pretty soon...At Easter it probably gets its biggest draw.Smart move being up there Thursday when it's much quieter.

    That seat at Scenic Lookout is a good place to sit on the way back down too.
    Your photos are excellent.......well done....
     
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    Kletterer

    Kletterer Addicted Member Season Pass Gold

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    tele-whippet

    tele-whippet beard stroker Season Pass Gold

    ISIS
     
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    AndrewA

    AndrewA Active Member

    Where is this "cave" photo? And when?
     
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    tele-whippet

    tele-whippet beard stroker Season Pass Gold

    Steripen --- great.
     
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    climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Season Pass Gold

    LOL
     
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    Kletterer

    Kletterer Addicted Member Season Pass Gold

    Bonnington Cave - Western side of Torre Del Paine Towers - Southern Patagonia.
     
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    tele-whippet

    tele-whippet beard stroker Season Pass Gold

    Ahhh ----- not Sundeck :whistle:
     
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    Kletterer

    Kletterer Addicted Member Season Pass Gold

    I was a little underwhelmed with the first Sundeck visit. Not the best in howling rain.
     
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    tele-whippet

    tele-whippet beard stroker Season Pass Gold

    Soft :evil:
     
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    SAsurfa

    SAsurfa Dedicated Member

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    Belly

    Belly Addicted Member Season Pass Gold

    What was your total duration there and how did you go with weather windows?
    And how did you hook up with the sled crew?
    Cheers ;)
     
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    Kletterer

    Kletterer Addicted Member Season Pass Gold

    Cruel. Post is cruel.
     
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    Kletterer

    Kletterer Addicted Member Season Pass Gold

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    Wheres Walle

    Wheres Walle New Member



    Further to @SAsurfa's post above.. here's a little clip I threw together. Wasn't really focused on shooting too much this trip and didn't want to carry anything unnecessary up the skin track most of the time. Better get fitter and better at skiing before next year hey.

    AK touring is unbelievable.. terrain as fun or gnarly as you want in close range to the carpark. Doesn't take much effort to get one ridge further than everyone else and get something completely to yourself as well.
     
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    piolet

    piolet Old And Crusty Season Pass Gold

    Ok this is sweet as hell
    I will be forwarding this on, I'm trying to sell a fly in glacier camp to some buddies... :D
     
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    climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Season Pass Gold

    The PN one? Looked amaze balls.
     
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    piolet

    piolet Old And Crusty Season Pass Gold

    Nothing in particular
    I just like the concept
    But guided would be the go i think although I'd rather independence
     
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    SAsurfa

    SAsurfa Dedicated Member

    We had a total of 13 days in Alaska, and as soon as we flew in at 5am Saturday morning, conditions were amazing. Blue bird, not a breath of wind and straight into the mountains. Sunday was exactly the same weatherwise with snow from a week before staying dry, light and deep.

    Sled hook up was through one of our mates who surprised us and grew up in Anchorage.

    Weather came in around Tuesday and hung around for the rest of the trip down around Seward and Turnagain. We got a good club-field day at Alpine Glow and tree runs through Tin Can, and also escaped the weather to the north later in the trip to see the Aurora, while also slaying an unnamed mountain off the highway.

    Snow the whole time was great if you knew where to look, while southern aspects were icey/crusty/slow.
     
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    Bloke

    Bloke Dedicated Member

    Quite the teaser! Looks awesome
     
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    hongomania

    hongomania Dedicated Member

    Where to from here...

     
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    tele-whippet

    tele-whippet beard stroker Season Pass Gold

    Anyone after a winter job?
     
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    DJM

    DJM Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Damn it....
    Didn't get passed the team player....
     
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    Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    And then you have to work with Bruce...... :eek:
     
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    hongomania

    hongomania Dedicated Member

    New collection to my quiver just arrived. Finally joined the tech club. I cannot believe how it weighs NOTHING. And yes finally since i skiied stocklis in 2007...i have swiss skis!

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    hongomania

    hongomania Dedicated Member

    Soooo sexy...i need a quiet moment to myself
     
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    CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com Moderator Season Pass Gold

    My new touring skis are green so I should get some of those bindings. I have plenty of orange ones here, but...you know.....
     
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    Boodwah

    Boodwah Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Very nice. What brand are the bindings?
    They'd be sexier w tele bindings - last I spoke you were talking about freeing the heel.
     
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    climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Season Pass Gold

    Hmmmm
    Tying to guess which ones...
     
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    CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com Moderator Season Pass Gold

    Navis Freebird, they arrive on Monday.
     
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    climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Season Pass Gold

    JP will be well jelly!
     
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    hongomania

    hongomania Dedicated Member

    Dynafit superlite 2.0. Good reviews and the right colour ;) Now that i have a job and can blow all my money on ski gear, ill be getting a cheap tele setup to learn on at some point during the season. And a classic setup for touring out of DP
     
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    tele-whippet

    tele-whippet beard stroker Season Pass Gold

    Pretty, even colour coordinated binders and skis!
     
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    climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Season Pass Gold

    Jobs are woeful for skiing
    Avoid if possible
     
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    Team Weasel

    Team Weasel Active Member

    That is one sweet rig @hongomania. I'm getting some Movements soon myself.
     
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    Ajmit321

    Ajmit321 Active Member

    Got a pair of MTN labs - they feel awesome. But that 98mm last won't work for quite a few people.

    Started reading the Backcountry skiing book of the NZAC... Started dreaming about the Two Thumb Range for a entree and then Mt Sibbald as a main.

    Was gonna do the Ball Pass, but the weather is coming in this weekend...
     
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    hongomania

    hongomania Dedicated Member

    Boss knows im completely unavailable between june - september its a good arrangement
     
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    Ajmit321

    Ajmit321 Active Member

    What do you do ?
     
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    Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Go skiing of course
     
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    hongomania

    hongomania Dedicated Member

    Business and club admin / coaching - just do the bare essentials during winter
     
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    Majikthise

    Majikthise Sage Moderator Season Pass Gold

    Wild sold to Roland Handel
    They have a new survey up via their FB page.