Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

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Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

Postby bigkev » Sun 07 May, 2017 8:08 pm

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My climbing gully up through the second rock bluff.

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Mt Magdala in the middle distance with Mt Howitt behind from Picture Point.

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Last Saturday I decided to head up to the Upper Howqua Camping Area and do a circuit over to Mt Howitt. Basically it involved climbing Helicopter Spur, heading along the high ridges over Mt Magdala to Mt Howitt, before dropping back down to the Howqua River along Howitt Spur. Over the course of the day I walked 23 kilometres and climbed a bit over 1700 metres so it was a fairly solid day. The climb up Helicopter Spur was particularly good fun, the 3 rock bluffs making things interesting. Before reaching the rock the route is more of a bushwalking pad than a track on Helicopter Spur, but once on top of Helicopter Spur the rest of the walk followed good tracks, including an excellent section of the AAWT.

There are some more photos on my blog if anyone's interested http://goinferalonedayatatime.blogspot. ... ional.html

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Looking down towards Big Hill from Mt Magdala.

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The start of the Cross Cut Saw with the Razor and the Viking in the distance.
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Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

Postby Neo » Sun 07 May, 2017 9:17 pm

Nice variety of landscapes bigkev. 23k IS a solid walk! I liked your hells window shot.
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Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

Postby neilmny » Sun 07 May, 2017 9:48 pm

Bigkev you've done it again.....nice work. :D
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Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

Postby north-north-west » Mon 08 May, 2017 8:11 am

Good conditions for it, too. It's a brilliant little walk, that. Helicopter's such good fun.
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Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

Postby bigkev » Mon 08 May, 2017 5:17 pm

Hi All,
Thanks for checking out the post, this really is a very good walk...kinda makes you wonder why it took me so long to get up there and do it....
Cheers Kevin
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Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

Postby paidal_chalne_vala » Mon 15 May, 2017 10:28 pm

I like it. I have yet to make it up Helicopter spur. I think the ultra light day walk approach would make the scramble up the rocky bits easier.Thanks for the photos on your web page. It is a beautiful area.
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Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

Postby phs » Mon 16 Apr, 2018 9:47 pm

Helicopter Spur is interesting, not just the rock scrambling but some sections are also very steep
23km in this terrain is like an Olympic marathon

We hiked it May 2016
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Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

Postby Aardvark » Mon 16 Apr, 2018 9:55 pm

I've drooled over Helicopter Spur. It will have to be included somehow when i'm there next.
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Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

Postby CraigVIC » Sun 29 Apr, 2018 7:24 pm

Hi bigkev, thanks for taking the time to do your blog entries, I'm just back from The Grampians and your notes on the Stapylton Amphitheater were really useful, many thanks.
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Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

Postby bigkev » Sun 29 Apr, 2018 8:18 pm

Cheers Craig, that's a cracker of a walk isn't it :D
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Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

Postby CraigVIC » Mon 30 Apr, 2018 6:22 am

For sure, amazing views and scenery and I found it a real challenge in places, don't think I'll top it anytime soon.
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Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

Postby NickPom » Mon 30 Apr, 2018 10:46 am

Big Kev, did you get to the upper howqua campground via Mt Buller & Corn Hill or TBJ & circuit road /bindaree? Thanks as always for your detailed notes & blog.
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Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

Postby bigkev » Mon 30 Apr, 2018 12:00 pm

NickPom wrote:Big Kev, did you get to the upper howqua campground via Mt Buller & Corn Hill or TBJ & circuit road /bindaree? Thanks as always for your detailed notes & blog.


Hi Nick, I normally drop into Upper Howqua via TBJ and down Bindaree. Bindaree Road is ok in a 2wd in the dry normally.
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Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

Postby publicrejoicer » Tue 01 May, 2018 9:47 pm

nice photos big kev
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Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

Postby bigkev » Wed 02 May, 2018 6:08 pm

publicrejoicer wrote:nice photos big kev


Thanks PR. I loved your Razor Viking report by the way - very entertaining :wink:
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