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Sat 30 Jul 3:00pm - Mon 1 Aug 2011 11:00pm

Posted by Benjamin W on Sun, 3 Jul 2011
Leaders: No leader
Standard: app/trips.standards.Experienced Skiier/Snowboarder
Meeting: Tue, 23 Aug 2011, 7:15 pm

Requirements: Very Fit. Know how to handle yourself in Alpine conditions Experience Hiking, carrying a lot of weight. Tough in general.

Pretty much exactly the same idea as the 'Feathertop for Fools' trip, however this will take place on Bogong. This is still a tentative date, as it is highly snow dependant. If the season goes well we will head up on this date, and many others too!

Its is more likely that we will need to snow camp on this trip also, as the hut on Bogong doesn't accomodate quite as many people.

This is now a direct copy of what I wrote for the Feathertop trip, so.... Don't bother reading both....


This date is not confirmed, just potential. It will depend completely on when the snow is there! Sign up for this trip if you like the sound of it, and we will organise actaul dates when the snow comes!

Hoping for a lot of fresh, deep, powedery snow.

Aim of this trip is to head up to to our tents and snow caves on Bogong, most proabably hiking up The Staircase, or if conditions allow, snowshoeing that other route up Bogong... starting Friday afternoon/evening or as early as possible depending on peoples commitments.

Over Saturday and Sunday the plan is to then Ski or Snowboard (I will be boarding) up and down the slopes of Bogong. Boot packing, snow shoeing, skinning, skiing, crawling or generally getting up any way you can. Cherishing a few simple moments of bliss as you complete some smooth turns, drops, jumps, spins, grabs, flips, falls, bails and whatever else you feel like on the way down before you realise your right back where you started and begin the long haul back up the slope.

I am hoping to get out onto some fairly hard slopes, (maybe equivalent to blue or black in a resort) but we will play it by ear on the day, doing whatever the conditions allow. Downhill experience is a neccessity otheriwse you will have no idea what you are doing here. 

People wanting the full backcountry experience will need to be extremely fit, and confident on thier weapon of choice. They will need to be self sufficient in pretty much every way and have some idea of what they are getting themselves into. It will be a grueling couple of days, but well worth it if we get in a few fresh tracks through some knee deep powder. (*Note: Conditions will very rarely allow this in Australia...) The hike in will be challenging if you are carrying a board, or downhill skis and all food, and sleeping gear that may be needed.

If there is a group of not-so-confident people wanting to attack some easier slopes we will probably be able to accomodate you too.

Also there is plenty of scope for people to join us just wanting to come up and hang out in the hut, make snowmen and generally enjoy being on top of a mountain, in snow.

Keep your fingers crossed, skis and snowboard waxed and hope that we get some big dumps over the next few months!


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