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Viking Circuit Summer 2017

Postby publicrejoicer » Mon 20 Nov, 2017 4:55 pm

Greetings all,

Our group is planning this little gem mid December and we are looking for any intel from folk who have been up that way since the road opened. We're doing it anti-clockwise of 4-5 days.

Water
Blue HIlls navigating
Any other remarks

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Re: Viking Circuit Summer 2017

Postby walkon » Mon 20 Nov, 2017 7:50 pm

Blue Hills? or Sth Viking
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Re: Viking Circuit Summer 2017

Postby publicrejoicer » Mon 20 Nov, 2017 8:18 pm

good point. Looking through maps now, the sth viking spur is looking promising however I am happy to accept intel either way.
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Re: Viking Circuit Summer 2017

Postby gbedford » Wed 22 Nov, 2017 8:44 pm

The Sth Viking Spur is easy to follow and very enjoyable. Roughpad with occasional cairn. However the thick regrowth at the bottom was terrible two rears ago. We tended left facing downhill but I think the right hand side of the spur would have been better. It was only bad for the last 100 metres or so.
We then walked up the Wanangatta for a way and took a spur up towards the Zeka track. The regrowth scrub was hard work. The Zeka walking track is nice.
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Re: Viking Circuit Summer 2017

Postby publicrejoicer » Thu 23 Nov, 2017 7:21 am

gbedford wrote:The Sth Viking Spur is easy to follow and very enjoyable. Roughpad with occasional cairn. However the thick regrowth at the bottom was terrible two rears ago. We tended left facing downhill but I think the right hand side of the spur would have been better. It was only bad for the last 100 metres or so.
We then walked up the Wanangatta for a way and took a spur up towards the Zeka track. The regrowth scrub was hard work. The Zeka walking track is nice.


thanks for coming back. What time of year did you do it? wondering what water supply was like @ viking saddle (North side I am advised) ?
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Re: Viking Circuit Summer 2017

Postby gbedford » Fri 24 Nov, 2017 9:52 am

January and water was found in the gully on the eastern side but a few hundred metres down. Well it felt like a way down due to the scrub. it is a marginal water source towards the top of the gully.
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Re: Viking Circuit Summer 2017

Postby Drew » Mon 27 Nov, 2017 9:04 am

I've done it a couple of times, both clockwise. The descent from Sth Viking to the river is where people tend to get lost, but if you're careful it's not hard to get it right. As mentioned, the scrub for the last 100 metres or so is awful. The track simply vanishes and no options but pushing through. I think if going counter-clockwise it could be tricky to come out from the scrub in in the right spot to find the spur. Also, pushing through the scrub up a steep hill would be much harder then having gravity to help you through!

The first time I climbed up the Zeka road, which was awful. The second time we took a route up a spur from the campsite by the river. A faint track and some scrub bashing but a much more interesting walk.

I'd imagine water should be okay in mid-December.
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Re: Viking Circuit Summer 2017

Postby paidal_chalne_vala » Sat 02 Dec, 2017 1:13 pm

I was at Camp Creek this week( 27,28/11/17, and it was flowing well. I did not go further towards the Viking than the Mt. Spec. summit.
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Re: Viking Circuit Summer 2017

Postby davids » Thu 07 Dec, 2017 6:47 am

We are planning this clockwise after Xmas. First did about 10 years ago with a group of Venturer scouts - for one of them it was his first hike so we needed to leave a whole of excess pack weight including a kilo block of cheese in a log on the walk in to VG hut ('Mum packed by pack for me'). Regrowth was really tricky over My Despair and before Viking Saddle, but Parks had taped the tape so that was very helpful. I am presuming the track is more obvious now.
I agree that need to concentrate on the navigation down from Sth Viking. Ended up calling my son to pick us up from Zeka Spur Track rather than walk up untracked spur as we were running out of time. We will try that this time with a somewhat more experienced group.
I remember some talk at that time about not using the water at VG hut - we used a soak around towards Devil's staircase. What is your advice there?
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Re: Viking Circuit Summer 2017

Postby publicrejoicer » Thu 07 Dec, 2017 8:20 am

not sure about water at VG.....someone else may give us a recent water quality report.

Thank you all for your contributions..keep them coming...I will post a trip report upon our triumphant return.
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Re: Viking Circuit Summer 2017

Postby north-north-west » Thu 07 Dec, 2017 8:56 am

Some people seem to have trouble with the water from MacAllister Springs. It's never bothered me, but I never used it when cattle or horses had been in there. It might pay to filter or treat it if you're concerned.
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Re: Viking Circuit Summer 2017

Postby neilmny » Thu 07 Dec, 2017 4:38 pm

publicrejoicer wrote:not sure about water at VG.....someone else may give us a recent water quality report.

Thank you all for your contributions..keep them coming...I will post a trip report upon our triumphant return.


If I've guessed which "Anthony" you might be correctly ....... is there possibly a B&C video to follow your walk? :) :wink:
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Re: Viking Circuit Summer 2017

Postby publicrejoicer » Thu 07 Dec, 2017 4:48 pm

of course. The pain and elation must be recorded for all time )
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Re: Viking Circuit Summer 2017

Postby Xplora » Fri 08 Dec, 2017 5:22 am

There was a warning for water at MacSprings for Liver Fluke due to cattle. It is pretty old and related to cattle grazing. How long they remain after their host has gone I can't say. Given the huge numbers going there now I would treat all water anyway. The soak would be just as suspect as the spring.
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