OBSERVATIONS, FOR YOU, POWERED BY YOU
These pages are for 'In the field' observations for Mount Fainter and its approaches. This includes the access corridors from Mount Beauty and Big Hill or Bogong Township, across the the top from Falls Creek and Pretty Valley. Please take the time to punch through an observation below in the 'Comments' section. There are some pointers on what and how to submit observations here: 'How to write and submit observations'. This is pretty basic and easy, and let's face it, your just sitting around a lot between 6pm and 6am so if you have enough network coverage, help us all out. See 'Comments' at the bottom of the page for the most recent observations.
WELCOME TO THE FAINTERS
Mount Fainter, Mount Jaitmathang and the areas around Pretty Valley offer some great terrain. The big drawcard of touring / riding and exploring here is that the ground between Falls Creek and Jaitmathang and Fainter North and Bogong / Big Hill, consists of long ups and long downs at a comfortable incline for skinning / snow shoeing and alternative skiing / riding. Similarly the variety of terrain means that once you have dialled into the conditions you can hunt out the best aspects from the trees on the west faces, the bowls descending east from the ridge or the more demanding south facing steeps of Mt Fainter south and Jaitmathang.
Traversing from the bridge at Pretty Valley to the ridge at 'Cairn Hill' and down to Tawonga does not have snow poles, and few natural navigational cues. This can be really tough in less than good visibility, even if you have been there before. Check your compass bearing and travel in a close group, or be safe and turn back and wait for an improvement in the conditions. Generally, this range is more sheltered than most others and has good emergency contingency options given Falls Creek is nearby, should something go wrong.