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April Climbing at Buffalo

Bern
12/02/2007
9:45:30 AM
A friend and I want to go climbing up at Buffalo for two weeks in April (either side of Easter). I was just wondering about weather conditions there over this time period and should we book a camp site before we go?
Thanks in advance
- Bernie
ardnut
12/02/2007
2:52:02 PM
Bernie, judging by the way this season is going April May will be prime time for Buffalo, you should book
a site just on principle so all the other drifters have somewhere to stay when they realise that its sooo
prime. I was climbing last there last year after the campsite closed. Its brisk but heck, you stick to
anything which is a real plus on the hard stuff. If its a clear day no wind the plateau is excellent, if its
clear cold and windy the gorge is a haven or wet cold and windy ignore all above advice and head west.

climbau
12/02/2007
3:54:39 PM
There's always a crag to climb at on Buffalo. Unless of course it is absolutely bucketing down rain. There is a crag for every wind direction.
I would normally count April as prime time for Buffalo.

gordoste
12/02/2007
5:04:00 PM
We've been up for the last three Sundays running... was damn hot on 4th Feb but had a nice swim :) Yesterday I was sitting next to the disabled lookout in my T-shirt and the wind was blowing so hard I had to put my thermal top on! So the weather is very changable any time of the year. Early April is probably good but make sure you bring nice warm clothes.

Bern
12/02/2007
5:08:12 PM
Thanks for the info everyone, I'll be sure to bring adequate clothing, if the weather hits the fan, we'll go west :)
I read a while ago about some issue regarding the use of fences to abseil (apparently the Ranger freaked-out when seeing climbers use the fence as an anchor), to get to the base of some climbs (I think that it was at the Horn area). Can anyone shed some light on the current arangements?
Thanks!

climbau
12/02/2007
5:15:44 PM
Don't use park infrastructure for anchors. They don't like it and it is written in the climbers code of conduct available from the park office or off the parks vic website. There is generally an option at all the lookouts (The horn now sports some lovely glue-in s/s carrots). Take some long slings for slinging boulders, trees, and threads. And of course take precautions not to damage any flora and stay to existing tracks (climbers and PV).

Bern
12/02/2007
8:37:20 PM
Thanks for the info guys, if there's anything else that needs to be said, or if you know of other helpful links from past forums please let me know.
Happy climbing! :)
pharmamatt
12/02/2007
10:41:40 PM
sorry to hijack the thread, but are any of the climbing areas closed due to the recent fires? eg the horn. also is it still free park entry (it was during australia day weekend), and is this due to no camping at lake cantani (assuming it's still closed)

thanks matt

gordoste
12/02/2007
11:32:15 PM
Only Eurobin Falls is closed. Park is still free entry and will be until after Easter. Campground is open. Check the Parks Vic page - http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/
Access T CliffCare
13/02/2007
12:07:15 AM
Hi. Tracey VCC Access and Environment Officer here. After speaking with the Head Ranger at Mt. Buffalo have been informed that most of the areas are open. Basically wherever the walking tracks are opened means access is allowed. Buckland Slabs which is at the end of Dixons Fall Walking Track is closed. Tree damage here is severe due to being twice burned. Please make sure that these closures are adhered to. As noted check the website ahead of time to make sure of any updates.

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