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Feathertop ridges routes

Postby havanainthebush » Fri 19 Mar, 2021 6:39 pm

Hello everyone,

I would like to do a lesser crowded trail of the Bogong High Plains by skipping the Diamantina Spur.
I am wondering what people's thoughts are whether or not there are any slightly easier alternatives to summit Feathertop?

I am thinking of bush bashing up one of the spurs from the base of Kiewa River towards North Peak and then to the top of Mt Feathertop.
I was wondering if anyone has done this recently and what the conditions were? Would there be a lot of overgrown scrub or is there now some traces of a route? We plan to camp at the base by the Kiewa river after coming up from the turn-off at Diamantina Spur.

This is part of a loop I am planning from Pretty Valley over the Easter weekend.
The unmarked trail in question is the red line in the image below:

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Thank you.
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Re: Feathertop ridges routes

Postby Lophophaps » Fri 19 Mar, 2021 9:28 pm

From Blairs there's a foot track nearly north to the road, meeting this about 400 metres uphill of the gate. However, the river crossing at the hut is wet. Either wade through with wet boots or take off the boots. The former has never appealed and the latter will take time, so I've always gone south from the hut to get to Diamantina. If coming from Westons avoid the hut and go straight ahead to the West Kiewa Road.

The start of Diamantina is savage, 400 metres up/km distance. The start of the ridge you are suggesting is easier, 260 metres/km. Diamantina is about 800 metres of climbing (there are a few down sections) and the NE ridge is about 1000 metres. Diamantina gets you to a point where you don't have to take full packs up Feathertop.

If the NE scrub is anything like Diamantina it will be very thick, especially in the lower sections. I suggest that one reason there's no track down the NE ridge is due to the scrub, and perhaps because there's no need for most people. The same applies to other Feathertop and Razorback spurs.
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Re: Feathertop ridges routes

Postby paidal_chalne_vala » Sat 20 Mar, 2021 4:48 pm

The NE spur of Mt. FT is a hero hike according to "Baw Baw Bell " , a ski forum member. He says the blackberries that infest the bottom section are just hideous , then the scrub is quite thick until you reach the snow gums where it thins out. The route reaches the tree line by way of a steep trackless ascent. After the last major bushfires in that section of the Upper West Kiewa Valley , the route opened up a window of opportunity for first class masochists par excellence.
The lines and terrain the NE spur opens up to dare devil back country Alpine Touring skiers is said to be noteworthy.

What makes the OP think that the very steep Diamantina spur would be very busy over Easter ?
. Only nutters and self flagellants use that route really. I have no plans of going up or down the Diamantina spur again anytime soon.
The NW spur has a clear track that was cleared a year ago. It is very steep.
Scrub bashing is always easier going down.
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Re: Feathertop ridges routes

Postby havanainthebush » Wed 31 Mar, 2021 9:29 pm

Thanks. We'll go up Diamantina Spur as it seems that there are no other better alternatives.
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Re: Feathertop ridges routes

Postby Lophophaps » Thu 01 Apr, 2021 5:45 am

You may meet Stacey going down.
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Re: Feathertop ridges routes

Postby Staceykate » Thu 01 Apr, 2021 10:26 am

hahaha! we will be coming down diamantina April 13...
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