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Hotham and feathertop
final fling
1/07/2010
11:23:18 AM
Hi
anyone been to feathertop yet to explore climbing this season. thinking of going in the next 2-3 weeks but heard there is no snow to speak of.
Could divert to Bogon if that reports better, we wanted to camp out, set up a few top ropes and generally play around before the really winter settles in and gives us some ice and steep gullies.

if you have been out an d about it would be great to know

happy winter climbing
mik
10/07/2010
5:50:51 PM
just got back from 3 days on feathertop. thur-fri were really good, 6" frost on top of some thin v hard snow and ice in some spots. today was warming up and not pretty with rain from early arvo. might turn out alright in a couple of days if the current layer hardens up, then maybe snow on top. junction of hellfire and avalanche had some small crags with 3-5" water ice.
mik
19/07/2010
8:22:43 PM
was out on feathertop again for 4 days, wed-sat, 30cm average fall on wed/thurs. good accumulation on leeward slopes. climbed central rib on east face and some small gullies. great fun to be had with some sunny aspects really hard in morning. some ice on bluffs at bottom of avalanche. not much chop for skiing but ok for basic slope and steep spur climbing. get out there.

Sabu
19/07/2010
10:09:50 PM
Good to know, thanks. Hoping to get out there in August.
Mike Bee
19/07/2010
10:55:07 PM
I'd like to get out there this season too, but I've never been out that way before for climbing. Do you solo everything, or can you get some pro in? If so, do you generally use rock gear, screws or stakes?
mik
20/07/2010
10:15:57 AM
mostly solo stuff, depend on the line you take, you may want to use two tools and drag a rope. Can set up stakes, although snow is pretty shallow atm. Slings & screws can be used, rock is some type of sedimentary with not many placements that i have seen, others may have used rock pro. Overall there are prob a dozen different little aretes/spurs to climb and poke around on. this week should provide a great freeze/thaw pattern and some hard stuff around the place.
Mike Bee
20/07/2010
11:44:48 PM
Thanks mik.
Sounds like some good beta.

I was in the area last week on a snowshoeing trip with some mates. It was my second time around Feathertop, but first time over Bogong. Bogong looked very intersting and exciting to me, much more exposed I think. Is there much in the way of wintery climbing shenannigans to be had on any of the sides of Bogong. I was chatting about it with a mate tonight, neither of us have been to Cleve Cole hut before, so were thinking that could be an option, if there is climbing to be had.
mik
21/07/2010
9:45:02 AM
yeah there is a lot of exploring to be done on Bogong. Neil Montieth has put up a lot of info in the guide section based around castor and pollux outcrops on top of staircase spur. there are also crags at south end of summit cairn spur, north of hooker plateau, west side of quartz ridge and most of west peak. A couple of weeks worth!! Cleve Cole is miles from the crag areas, so base yourself at Michelle Hut or Bivouac or maybe Cairn Gully or even on one of the notches on quartz ridge. prob my fave place in vic, hope to see you up there sometime.

nmonteith
21/07/2010
10:09:31 AM
Bogong info here:
http://www.chockstone.org/MtBogong/MtBogong.htm
Mike Bee
21/07/2010
7:21:33 PM
On 21/07/2010 mik wrote:
>so base yourself at Michelle Hut or Bivouac or maybe Cairn
>Gully or even on one of the notches on quartz ridge. prob my fave place
>in vic, hope to see you up there sometime.

I know just what you mean about the notches on Quartz Ridge. We camped on one of them last week. Absolutely stellar views, especially to the West and East. Cheers for the info Mik, and thanks for the Bogong link Neil. Much appreciated.

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