Just re-posting this as I realized the original was wiped when Chockstone got hacked the other week.
Some of you may be aware, either through visiting Rosea or reading some other threads, that there was some confusion about the descent track on the top of the cliffs, especially near the Giant Staircase. This occurred after our working bee and before the Easter re-opening With Mt Rosea being a popular area for walkers, Parks Victoria have realigned the walking track and at some points our descent path converges with the walking track. Confusion occurred as some of our yellow tape markers were removed and blue and purple/pink tape replaced it. To add to this, the turnoff to the Staircase had logs and branches covering it so some climbers missed the turnoff. The Giant Staircase is not being used as an official walking track because of erosion and safety issues for the general walking public so this is a deterrent and to keep them heading along the walking track. A bit of further confusion when our yellow tape was replaced and logs were removed by a climber, frustrated that our earlier efforts seemed to have been in vain.
I attended a meeting on the 10th April to work with Parks Grampians to resolve the issue. The area as I said is very popular with walkers and one of their concerns is to not highlight the turnoff so that the other users of the area start trafficking the Staircase heavily. A suggestion from the climber was put forward, that a sign could be put up that showed the direction of the summit and car park near the turnoff. This way the climbers will know to turn left, we can use it as a landmark in directions and hopefully, the majority of walkers will keep to the main track. The Head Ranger at the Grampians is keen for realistic, workable solutions to some of these issues and the suggestion for the sign will be taken up.
Although some walkers will use the Staircase, the main users presently are the climbers. There are a couple of sections that are suffering from erosion and after discussion with Parks, they are agreeable to us doing a little work to ensure it doesnít get any worse with our traffic. Iíll let you know a date when Iíve organized it, if you wish to help. Please keep the deterrent logs in place. There is a similar set up on the lower track already where the climbers track leaves the main.