Big Hill & The Fainters. Jan. 11th & 12th 2021

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Big Hill & The Fainters. Jan. 11th & 12th 2021

Postby paidal_chalne_vala » Wed 13 Jan, 2021 8:05 pm

You can read a trip report and see many photos at this web link.

https://www.ski.com.au/xf/threads/big-h ... st-4552348

I did not get lost or run out of water so put that in your pipe and smoke it all you critics and nay sayers!
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Re: Big Hill & The Fainters. Jan. 11th & 12th 2021

Postby Baeng72 » Wed 13 Jan, 2021 8:59 pm

Thanks for the report PCV!
You are racking up the hikes this summer.
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Re: Big Hill & The Fainters. Jan. 11th & 12th 2021

Postby neilmny » Thu 14 Jan, 2021 2:02 pm

Baeng72 wrote:Thanks for the report PCV!
You are racking up the hikes this summer.


I reckon he might be making up for the big lockdown..........making hay so to speak. :lol:
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Re: Big Hill & The Fainters. Jan. 11th & 12th 2021

Postby paidal_chalne_vala » Thu 14 Jan, 2021 5:36 pm

I am going hard while I am allowed out. I will surf twice this week too. I think " Is it worth it? Can I be bothered?". The answer is YES. We will be locked down again and there will be a third wave in 2021.
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Re: Big Hill & The Fainters. Jan. 11th & 12th 2021

Postby Baeng72 » Fri 15 Jan, 2021 5:52 am

paidal_chalne_vala wrote:I am going hard while I am allowed out. I will surf twice this week too. I think " Is it worth it? Can I be bothered?". The answer is YES. We will be locked down again and there will be a third wave in 2021.

I hope you're wrong, but fear you're right.
With work and family, my opportunities for getting out and about are limited.
It would suck to be locked down again for months and miss more potential bushwalks.
Anyway, well done, and I'm more than a bit envious.
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Re: Big Hill & The Fainters. Jan. 11th & 12th 2021

Postby indented » Fri 15 Jan, 2021 6:51 am

Nice write up, love all the pictures! Do you have a gpx or a map for the route you took?
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Re: Big Hill & The Fainters. Jan. 11th & 12th 2021

Postby paidal_chalne_vala » Fri 15 Jan, 2021 8:03 am

The SV map is out of date even though the new edition of the Bogong Alpine area map is not that old. The Wollybutt spur track and the West Link Track have been locked
up and abandoned by Forest management since 2013. The tracks are listed by SV as coming off the West Kiewa Logging road. They are not there anymore.
The Rooftops 's 2nd edition of Bright to Dartmouth is the best map of the area.
You can retrace my steps from the Big Hill Road Locked gate up to Spring Saddle, Bogong Jack Saddle and Salt camp creek near Mt. Fainter South.
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Re: Big Hill & The Fainters. Jan. 11th & 12th 2021

Postby indented » Fri 15 Jan, 2021 8:45 am

Thanks, I have the rooftop map and found the route. I like the note in between the Fainters where there's "Good views"!
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Re: Big Hill & The Fainters. Jan. 11th & 12th 2021

Postby paidal_chalne_vala » Fri 15 Jan, 2021 10:34 am

The route via The West Kiewa Logging road and Spring Saddle track involves less arduous and futile schlepping up and down hills to reach the Fainters Fire trail.
If I do a winter/ early spring XC ski trip up there with a snow camp base at Bogong Jack Saddle then I would use that route. Even with a heavy 4 seasons tent, snow shovel, BC XC skis and ski boots all strapped to the pack it would be less of a slog.
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