Trip Report : Crinoline - Mt Tamboritha Circuit

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Trip Report : Crinoline - Mt Tamboritha Circuit

Postby Saintpaul » Fri 12 Mar, 2021 11:06 am

On Tuesday I set off for an overnight hike of the Crinoline and Mt Tamboritha Circuit, starting and finishing at the school camp site on Tamboritha Rd.
The weather was fantastic and I had a great time. It was my first solo overnight trip.
The track heading up to the top of the Crinoline was really easy to follow I was expecting more climbing over rocks but it didnt really happen until the top of the Crinoline and even then there wasn't much.
Coming down off the Crinoline towards Long Hill was a little harder to follow the trail and a few times I ended up going parallel or slightly off track. It was always easy to make sure you were always going in the right direction though.
Looking at my GPS data of where I walked vs where the track was it (the north west corner and either side of Long Hill) was definitely the hardest section of the hike to stay on the path.
I stayed overnight at the rock shelter in a bivy and it was amazing. Im glad I didnt take a tent.
Day 1 I started at about 10am and made it to the shelter at about 6pm I think
The next day started off really foggy but soon I had views looking over low level cloud cover and at mountain peaks which was cool.
The track between the rock shelter and Mt Tamboritha was good with a large section along the northern ridge being a 4x4 track before turning south.
I didnt get much of a view from Mt Tamboritha due to the cloud unfortunately.
The track was on and off again for a little on the way down before it was much better defined for the last few kms down.
Day 2 I started at 7am and was back at the car at 1.30pm
I carried 2 days of water (10L) with me. There was no water in Long Hill Creek. The dam at Little Tamboritha was just a muddy puddle however the dam a little further down still had water. I still had a bit left when I got back.
Saw a couple of snakes on day 2 but nothing alarming.
If your going to do this hike I recommend wearing long pants or high gaiters. Lots of knee high scrub to push through.

Total distance was 34.7km with a couple of side detours and 1804m ascent and descent
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Re: Trip Report : Crinoline - Mt Tamboritha Circuit

Postby CraigVIC » Fri 12 Mar, 2021 11:22 am

Sounds great SP, any pix of your camp etc?
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Re: Trip Report : Crinoline - Mt Tamboritha Circuit

Postby Baeng72 » Fri 12 Mar, 2021 11:45 am

Nice report.
10 liters of water? That'll get you fit.
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Re: Trip Report : Crinoline - Mt Tamboritha Circuit

Postby paidal_chalne_vala » Fri 12 Mar, 2021 12:47 pm

Thanks for the trip report.
You did well for someone just getting into this pastime as a solo overnight hiker.

I did this hike in May 2012 using a car shuttle with one car at Tamboritha Saddle and the other at Breakfast Creek campsite.. It was raining a lot that weekend, there was snow on the higher peaks and the creek on Long Hill was flowing.
Carting 10 L. of water does
not sound like fun to me.
Generally October is a good time to walk this route when water will be flowing in the creek on Long Hill and the water fall off the escarpment is quite a spectacle. From the Rock Shelter to the Long Hill Camp site and on to the edge of Long Hill going anti clockwise you should keep the escarpment on your right but it does involves some bush bashing and navigation.
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Re: Trip Report : Crinoline - Mt Tamboritha Circuit

Postby Saintpaul » Fri 12 Mar, 2021 1:53 pm

Baeng72 wrote:Nice report.
10 liters of water? That'll get you fit.


I was travelling fairly light. Total weight was 21kg and it only got lighter as I went. Lol
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Re: Trip Report : Crinoline - Mt Tamboritha Circuit

Postby Saintpaul » Fri 12 Mar, 2021 1:54 pm

CraigVIC wrote:Sounds great SP, any pix of your camp etc?


I did take some photos. I just have to figure out how to post them.
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Re: Trip Report : Crinoline - Mt Tamboritha Circuit

Postby bigkev » Fri 12 Mar, 2021 4:54 pm

Thanks for the report Saint Paul... very informative.
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Re: Trip Report : Crinoline - Mt Tamboritha Circuit

Postby paidal_chalne_vala » Sat 13 Mar, 2021 8:12 am

I have never been able to work out how to post photos on this website. The WWW Ski forum is much simpler to operate so my trip reports are all there now.
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Re: Trip Report : Crinoline - Mt Tamboritha Circuit

Postby CraigVIC » Sat 13 Mar, 2021 8:38 am

Saintpaul wrote:
CraigVIC wrote:Sounds great SP, any pix of your camp etc?


I did take some photos. I just have to figure out how to post them.


If you are posting from your phone and your pictures are there too then just use the choose file button and then the add the file button on the post a reply page. If the pictures are too big and you get an error you can make them smaller using an app like Resizer (android) before choosing them.
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Re: Trip Report : Crinoline - Mt Tamboritha Circuit

Postby Saintpaul » Sat 13 Mar, 2021 9:24 am

Lets give this a try

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The view south from The Crinoline

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Looking back at the Crinoline

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One of the Many views

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The Rock Shelter

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Camp for the night

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Morning View from the Rock Shelter

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Nothing but clouds from the top of Mt Tamboritha
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Re: Trip Report : Crinoline - Mt Tamboritha Circuit

Postby CraigVIC » Sat 13 Mar, 2021 10:05 am

Looks great, thanks for the report.
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Re: Trip Report : Crinoline - Mt Tamboritha Circuit

Postby Baeng72 » Sat 13 Mar, 2021 2:32 pm

Nice photos. Now I know why they call it the Crinoline.
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Re: Trip Report : Crinoline - Mt Tamboritha Circuit

Postby paidal_chalne_vala » Sat 13 Mar, 2021 3:18 pm

Nice Photos. I love that part of Victoria :-).
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