In time for the start of the ski touring season we are publishing the third part to complete the picture of a fully mapped North East Victorian Alpine National park, for the ski / split tourer. This map includes tours that explore the true back country of the high plains away from the cat trails and people.
2 Sided, ‘Bombproof’ light weight waterproof paper and folded (pocket Sized) Guide.
• Side A) Contour Map with Topo inserts covering the Bogong High Plains from the norhern most extent at Timms Spur and the Duane Face (Ropers Hut) south to Spion Kopje and Falls Creek trail head (Windy Corner) including Kelly’s and Fitzgerald’s Hut, Mount Nelse, the Heathy Spur and down to the Rocky Knobs. Then east to the Third jewel of the NE Vic Alps, Mt Fainter North and South peaks.
• Side B) Contour Map with Topo inserts from Pretty Valley and Mt McKay south to Cobingra crossing (Hotham Backcountry), West to the enchanting and complex Jaitmathang, East to the wild remote Bundara Headwaters and Strawberry Hill. Including the Southern Traverse, five days of continuous hut assisted backcountry touring from Pretty Valley Hut, via Tawonga, Weston’s, Young’s and Cope Hut.
These tours milk the terrain for every possible height advantage such that tours involve long continuous ascents and descents bespoke for the modern ski and split touring equipment. Minimising skin changeovers to keep you moving across the range. Also these tours focus on Hut supported itineraries for safety. If caught out, the refuge of these huts is essential to safety and hence the need to base extended tours around them. Let’s face it, who ever said no to warmth and dry gear in the morning? this is not ‘hut to hut’ touring as such, full overnight camping equipment is still mandatory.
This is the First Edition of the Mount Feathertop and Hotham environs ski and mountaineering guide ever published. It’s all here from the big lines on Feathertop to the esoteric wanderings of our ski ancestors dating back to the 1900’s. There’s a lifetime of skiing on this map and 6 weeks of harvesting the epic steeps left this season, so dive in and enjoy.
2 Sided, Laminated and folded (pocket Sized) Guide.
• Side A) Photo-Topos: Feathertop / Razorback / Mount Loch and Machinery Spur
• Side B) 3 X 1:25000 Feathertop / Razorback / Mount Loch and Machinery Spur with corresponding annotated and terrain graded route locations
150 runs, researched, terrain graded and detailed. Twice the terrain of our Bogong Guide. The Guide itself is divided into three plans. Feathertop itself, extending as far south as the ‘Knuckle Face’ Twin Knobs and Champion Spur. Then the Razorback to Dargo Bowl on Hotham, complete with campsite and navigation tips. And then the Machinery Spur, Mount Lock Summit to the Swindler Chutes. Heaps of terrain, light on the froth…
This is the second edition of the Bogong Ski Touring and Mountaineering Guide / Map and it's pretty spot on with thanks to everyone who had input into this project. The main objective is to set in place some terrain ratings and associated area names that up until now have made for a 'mixed bag' of reference terms. For you the user this is an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the mountain like never before. The Guide consists of two sides of an A3 fully laminated and folded map page with topos on one side and the corresponding map on the back. The legend is an extra seperate page to save space on the map for the all important detail of the mountain.
The 'Mixed Bag' of names gets really confusing, worst of all when coordinating emergency responses. Our ultimate goal is to create a definitive, consistent easy and relevant guide. It is therefore quite possibly the case that a feature the freeride crowd is calling 'Straight Schute' is actually 'Susan's double back flip' first skied in the 30's by long lost but important 'Susan' who skied it on 22mm underfoot 3m ski's. You get the gist, we'd far prefer remember Susan's achievement, lost in the passage of time. If there's is a conflicting point of view over what run / bowl / ridge or face is named here, now is the time to collaborate and get it all straight for the second edition.