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Another slide at Bogong, skier caught

There has been another significant avalanche on Mt Bogong, with a skier being caught in the slide and carried around 80 metres. They are OK.

The following comes from Mountain Safety Collective/ SnowSense.

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Big slide on Mt Bogong

After a slow start to the winter, we’re getting some serious top up to the base in the backcountry. Whenever you get sun affected snow covered by fresh, there is a chance you will get the potential for avalanche conditions to form on any steeper slopes at higher altitudes. This week there were reports of a ‘monster avalanche’ on Mt Bogong. What makes this concerning is the fact that (as Snowsense puts it) ‘from observations at Hotham and Falls, we had no indicator that Bogong was ready to let rip’.

This highlights the need to check conditions both before you head off and while you’re out in the mountains. Luckily there is a fantastic website to help with this: brought to you by the Mountain Sports Collective.

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The 10 Peak Challenge

Through summer and autumn, seven year old Mt Beauty local Mack Hull has been working his way through a series of walks to the top of the 10 highest peaks in the state.

His 10 Peaks Challenge aimed to generate funds for Disabled Wintersport Australia (DWA). DWA assisted thousands of individuals with disabilities to participate in winter sports.

He has now raised more than $1,600!

There is still time to donate to the Challenge: All money raised will go to Disabled Wintersport Australia and can be made to the following Bendigo Bank account.
Mack’s 10 Peaks Challenge
BSB 633000
Acct 160028809

Having finished the Challenge, Mack is now focused on helping out DWA on the snow at Falls Creek this winter.

What a fantastic effort.

There’s a great set of photos of all the peaks on Mack’s ‘Challenge’ facebook page.

 

Parks Victoria Volunteer Track Ranger Program

Last year Parks Victoria (PV) ran a Volunteer Track Ranger Program in north east Victoria. They received a very positive response from both the people who volunteered and those who were out hiking in the areas where volunteer rangers were present. PV has decided to run the program again this year and is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified people.

Being involved in the program will enable participants to expand their volunteer experience while exploring some of the remote terrains and campsites in the Alpine National Park. This helps Parks Victoria during peak times of visitation.

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Skier rescued from Mt Bogong

There has been a good outcome in the case of the skier who was injured on Mt Bogong, after a rescue yesterday.

The following comes from the ABC.

Rescuers praised for ‘incredible effort’ to help injured skier from Mount Bogong

Mount Beauty police have praised the work of volunteers and personnel who rescued an injured skier from Mount Bogong, in north-east Victoria, yesterday.

The 44-year-old Albury man broke a leg while skiing with friends late on Tuesday afternoon.

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Parks Victoria volunteer track ranger program

For people with solid outdoor experience who want to share their love of wild nature with others, this is a great opportunity.

Parks Victoria is calling for volunteer track rangers who can be available to stay in key areas in the Alpine National Park on peak weekends, to be available to support people who are out walking.

The Track Ranger Program was established in 2005 and has volunteers hiking and camping at popular walking trails and campsites in the Victorian Alps during peak periods. Track Rangers will spend time hiking the trails of Mount Bogong, Mount Feathertop or the Bogong High Plains over 3 to 5 days. The program runs over the new year period, Labour Day weekend and Easter.

You will receive support and training from Parks Victoria.

Check below for a full description of the role.

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rescue of walker on Bogong hampered by extreme weather conditions

The second rescue operation on Mt Bogong in a week has been slowed by ‘horrendous’ weather on the mountain. As of 8am this morning (9 July), The Age is reporting that police are currently waiting for better weather conditions before they extract a lost hiker on Mount Bogong.

The Border Mail had also reported that:

8.27AM: RESCUE workers have been forced to take cover as wild weather hampers efforts to rescue a hiker who got lost on the mountain last night.

Mount Beauty’s Leading Sen-Constable Peter Johns said the man, who had set off alone, had phoned triple-0 about 4.30pm yesterday after becoming disoriented in the bleak mountain conditions.

He had food, water, clothing and a tent.

Rescue crews set off about 10pm for a four-hour climb to the summit from Eskdale Spur and it has been confirmed that they located the man last night.

However, wild weather has since moved in and the group have been forced to take cover.

Wild weather, with gusts of wind up to 100km/h and a snowstorm, were expected in the area about 3am.

The mission follows two hikers spending Saturday night on Mount Bogong in freezing temperatures.

A Bendigo North man, and his friend, 33, from Box Hill, Melbourne, returned to Mount Beauty about 2pm Sunday after a 12-hour search for them.

 

OFF GRID – backcountry skiing on Mt Bogong

“In 2012 seven adventurous skiers explored the Australian High Country. They camped, skied and filmed across one week’.

This short film is the result. Focused on the experience of climbing and riding on Mt Bogong and its ‘camo snow’, OFF GRID is a celebration of Australian backcountry skiing and boarding.

OFF GRID was produced by Joey Corcoran and Watkin McLennan of SoO Airtime (“a movie, an event, a community and bunch of Australian skiers that love sharing their Airtime”).

It premiered at the Melbourne showing of the Backcountry film festival in May 2014.

You can see it here.

Find Soo Airtime on Facebook.

 

The gnarliest runs in Oz

Mt Carruthers. From Huck & Dyno.
Mt Carruthers. From Huck & Dyno.

This is a great resource: the ‘gnarliest runs in Oz’, from the Huck & Dyno website (in two parts – Victoria and the Main Range in NSW).

The NSW feature has all the obvious things, and Victoria includes excellent coverage of places like Mt Buller, Feathertop and Bogong, and also some gems which are off the beaten track, like Mt Howitt.

A few years ago I put a lot of effort into expanding the ski wiki posts on backcountry skiing in Australia (mostly the VIC and TAS sections) but a big failure with this is the lack of images. In contrast to my effort, James and Sam, who are behind Huck & Dyno, have some gorgeous pictures of the mountains and general terrain, plus many of the actual runs. Visually beautiful.

I like their intro:

When you get down to it, Australia is the flattest driest continent on Earth. By definition, the skiing here is the worst in the world. … So it’s easy to write the place off as a land of sunburnt sweeping plains. Or, if you’re a skier, patchy cover, ice and crud, short shallow runs and snowmaking.

Even the highest mountain, good old Kosciuszko, is a hill with a road to the top… The very first time I ever went XC skiing, we made it to the top! Snowboarders were drinking beer up there! Fun for the whole family!

The enthusiastic might even bother to look over at the ‘Main Range’, hoping to see a craggier peak. But nope, Mount Townsend and Northcote and Lee all look pretty tame over there.

But then one day you’ll bother to climb the second highest peak, Mount Townsend, and have a look from the top of there and, HOLY CRAP, there it is…

So begins our investigation into the gnarliest lines in Oz.

With winter finally bearing down on us, I hope this inspires you. Get out there and enjoy!

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