Canadianeh wrote:Thanks for putting the time in to put this report together! With regard to navigation, did you rely solely on track markers, map and compass? Or did you find the GPS useful? Are you aware of any GPX files for the track that could be used to make navigation more straightforward?
Thanks for your interest. On a few occasions, I did consult the GPS. Someone told me about Mudmaps for iPhone and I love it: it has got me out of a few fixes. I use it when I realise that I have made an error and want confirmation. There were a few occasions on this track when it helped us cut our losses (including when we were on Shamrock Spur on day 1; missing the turnoff from D4 on day 7). I am not an expert navigator, so for me, it is really worthwhile.
I don't know if there is going to be an official electronic map released. I believe that the data used on a recent walk will be given to Vicmaps, so their updated maps will have the correct route in future. There is a version of the route on Open Street Map that looks pretty accurate ( https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/4034791
), as far as I can see, but I didn't use it. It does not show the current track up Crooked River but otherwise seems accurate. The track shown after Stonewall goes up the Jeff Spur Track, which would lead to Dargo High Plains Rd OK but, as I understand, was not the official McMWT prior to Crooked River Track being reopened. It used to go up the Jeff Davis Track. It probably doesn't matter much: I believe McMillan used all three tracks, at times. However, my strong preference is to to take the Crooked River Track, to avoid the long road walk along DHP Rd.
I think the notes of the BCWC trip from late last year should be released on their website pretty soon: they will be worth a look, to describe the current track.
Good luck, if you decide to walk it. The walk is interesting and the history, also.
Further edit on 18th May: the OSM track appears to be recent, showing accurately the route avoiding Mt Lookout and the path across the saddle immediately to the west of the Macalister River. The map itself does indicate the route across Gow's plain at the top of White Timber Spur and does show a track for Crooked River Mining Track and for 30 Mile Creek Mining Track. I haven't seen these details on other maps, so the OSM map is worth a look.
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