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Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby Moondog55 » Sun 12 May, 2013 4:58 pm

Simple enough trip.
Met up with Andrewbish at the truck park opposite the Kalkallo hotel and drove without incident to the mountain.
Stopped halfway up the mountain to put more firewood in the trailer [Vicroads doing some felling of bushfire killed trees] and after getting to the camp site spent 3 hours moving all the firewood and gear. Cool night and I was up at 0500 and then spent a couple of hours sorting through gear and cleaning out the firepit.
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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby Hallu » Sun 12 May, 2013 5:25 pm

Fascinating trip.
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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby Moondog55 » Sun 12 May, 2013 6:33 pm

Driving was reasonably hard work for a one nite stay It will make setting up camp and living well for 3 weeks or more so much easier tho.
Thanks to Andrew for his invaluable help unloading a tonne or more of firewood and helping me camouflage the dump from casual sight

I'm sure he will add a few photos to the report, he took more than I did
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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby neilmny » Sun 12 May, 2013 10:00 pm

Crikey how do you hide a tonne of firewood moondog?
Looks like a great spot although will look a lot different with a metre or so of snow over it.
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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby Moondog55 » Sun 12 May, 2013 11:21 pm

Well in one way it was easy and after all it is only couple of cubic meters
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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby Kinsayder » Wed 15 May, 2013 9:04 am

I'm looking forward to hearing more of this trip.
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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby Moondog55 » Wed 15 May, 2013 11:08 am

And I am waiting for Andrew to post some pictures and comments here LOL

I was working so hard that by the time I started to take more photos it was too dark.
It is a very pretty area and yes, it is very different with a metre or more of snow on the ground. Reminds me I need to get a new shovel just in case the one we left at the hut disappears
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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby andrewbish » Wed 15 May, 2013 11:12 am

Looks like we got in the just in time - check out the first snow of the season
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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby Kinsayder » Wed 15 May, 2013 11:47 am

Great timing, Andrew! So what do you two do up there? Is it a three week stay? Are you hutting or tenting? Sorry for so many questions but this has gotten me quite intrigued.
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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby andrewbish » Wed 15 May, 2013 12:25 pm

Kinsayder wrote:Great timing, Andrew! So what do you two do up there? Is it a three week stay? Are you hutting or tenting? Sorry for so many questions but this has gotten me quite intrigued.

What will we be doing? XC skiing, snow shoeing, igloo/snow cave making, popping down to Falls Creek town (8km away). Repeat.
I will be up there for 5-6 days, but MD is making this his home away from home for 3 weeks, maybe 4.

We will probably also do a bit of sitting around the fire, singing sea shanties and talking bs.
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Moondog admires the modified fireplace, now with cooking area and a fire pit


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What are we staying in?

Not the hut - it's too small!
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I will be in my new Macpac Minaret
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Moondog will be in his Paddymade beauty:
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One last thing - all are welcome to come along, whether for a few days,a week, or longer. The more, the merrier, I say. You could even make the camp a stopover on a trip of your own as the site is very central the routes between Bogong Village (over the Fainters), Hotham, Falls Creek and Mt Bogong.

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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby Moondog55 » Wed 15 May, 2013 12:37 pm

I think that old cast iron brake drum got heavier as we carried it to the campsite.
Nice photo of the hut, Parks have been doing some work there replacing tap washers and such and there is some new anti- feral fencing in. Brumbies are a damned nuisance in this area but the toilet roof still slopes the wrong way so a shovel is needed each trip just in case access is difficult
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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby Kinsayder » Wed 15 May, 2013 1:24 pm

I would love to come, Andrew and Moondog, I really would but I have two small girls (one is four years old and the other seven months old) and a pesky masters degree that is keeping me from doing such things. By mid June I should get a mini break and will head into the Grampians and in September I've got three days to (possibly) head out from the Loch Carpark to Feathertop via the Diamantina Spur and back via the Razorback. It's hardly three weeks of adventure but leave passes are getting rarer these days. Please keep us posted! :)
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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby Moondog55 » Wed 15 May, 2013 1:45 pm

Well you could always reroute to start at Falls Creek and pass us on the way through. I do understand your commitments tho, my kids are all grown up Happily
What's the Masters in?? My Evil Step Daughter is half way through her PhD and doesn't get time to scratch
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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby Kinsayder » Wed 15 May, 2013 2:58 pm

How far from Falls would you be via snow shoe?

It's a Master of Information Studies. It's killing me too. I just want to hike, play with my girls and read but it keeps saying No!
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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby Moondog55 » Wed 15 May, 2013 3:12 pm

Cheats way is 4 k
from Windy Corner it is 8k
Cheats way is to pay $14- and get a single ride ticket to the top of the chairlift, Andrew has dicky hips and that is what I recommend for him

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You either take Express to the Cloud9 cafe and walk the ridgeline via the Laura Dunkley shelter to the road at Ruined Castle or take Gully and Eagle ditto, either way saves 4 or 5 k of uphill road walking
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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby neilmny » Wed 15 May, 2013 4:43 pm

Great pictures Andrew. I love that snowgum country. Very envious of you blokes.
That chairlift shortcut sounds interesting for a quick trip.....hmmmm
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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby Kinsayder » Fri 17 May, 2013 10:38 am

Will you guys still be there in mid September?
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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby Moondog55 » Fri 17 May, 2013 10:51 am

My beloved has given me 3 weeks; so 21 August will be about the latest. Won't be much snow left by mid September unless we have an unusually big season like 1981
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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby Bluegum Mic » Fri 17 May, 2013 11:51 am

Well there are murmurs its on the cards ;-)
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Postby andrewbish » Fri 17 May, 2013 12:21 pm

Bluegum Mic wrote:Well there are murmurs its on the cards ;-)
http://www.mountainwatch.com/snow-news/ ... May-Update


Ooooooooo [rubs hands together with glee]

I would really love to test out the new Minaret under a heavy snow load.
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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby Bluegum Mic » Fri 17 May, 2013 1:24 pm

As someone who is 7 months pregnant and living in QLD for two years this will be the first season in 18 years that I haven't made it down. So you can pretty much guarantee that it will be the most amazing season ever lol :evil:
Fingers crossed the summer drift is still about on signature hill in december so I can at least hike for a few turns when I get back
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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby Kinsayder » Fri 17 May, 2013 1:53 pm

That's a shame, MD. The purpose of the mid-September escape (aside from the obvious) is to avoid the immediate post Federal election news. I don't think I can cope with it. I'll certain try for it next year (although there is a glimmer of a chance that next year I will cash all of my leave in one fell swoop and spend some time in Yosemite). Assuming this is an annual thing.

Thanks for the heads up for this season , BM. Hopefully it's a good year!
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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby Moondog55 » Fri 17 May, 2013 2:13 pm

Making this an annual event wouldn't be bad idea, I'd like some help with finding a basecamp tent we could put a pot belly stove inside in that instance tho
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Postby andrewbish » Fri 17 May, 2013 3:04 pm

Kinsayder wrote:That's a shame, MD. The purpose of the mid-September escape (aside from the obvious) is to avoid the immediate post Federal election news.


I'm a big fan of using the back country to avoid painful realities. The main instigator of my return to hiking after a 25 year absence was avoiding having to watch Collingwood win the grand final in 2010. My account of that period may amuse.

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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby north-north-west » Fri 17 May, 2013 6:51 pm

And I'm spending most of the winter away from the Alps. Of course it's going to be a record breaking season. :roll:
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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby Kinsayder » Fri 17 May, 2013 11:17 pm

andrewbish wrote:
Kinsayder wrote:That's a shame, MD. The purpose of the mid-September escape (aside from the obvious) is to avoid the immediate post Federal election news.


I'm a big fan of using the back country to avoid painful realities. The main instigator of my return to hiking after a 25 year absence was avoiding having to watch Collingwood win the grand final in 2010. My account of that period may amuse.

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I hear you on the footy front, Andrew. I did the Bluff circuit to avoid that match. I had a big day getting into the hut (partly due to a lengthy false-start and partly due to the shock of knee high snow at that altitude in late September). Anyway, I ate early and crawled into my sleeping bag despite it being about 7pm and there being a couple at the hut too. A little while later I heard the girl on her phone "Oh, really... Wow... That hasn't happened for a while." I knew it was a draw. So much for escape. I didn't know then that I'd be seated in the second row of the MCG 12 months later (we get tickets if Geelong play), like this year, perhaps. :D Nice blog post too!
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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby andrewbish » Fri 17 May, 2013 11:59 pm

Ah, a fellow Cats man who suffered the pain of 2010. Well, I guess we get the last laugh tomorrow huh? Fancy having phone reception at Bluff Hut. Dammit - is there no escape?!
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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby neilmny » Sat 18 May, 2013 9:49 am

You fellas should try being a Saints supporter :roll:

A yearly event eh.....how about the Moondog Muster....
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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby Moondog55 » Sat 18 May, 2013 10:33 am

We made the dump on the correct week-end. Road was closed yesterday I believe. 300mm of fresh wet snow on the ground, lets hope the weather stays cold enough for the base to start accumulating

Moondog muster sounds OK actually.

Snow shovels compulsory if it is a season like 1981
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Re: Falls Creek and PV camping area

Postby Kinsayder » Sun 19 May, 2013 8:13 pm

Not quite, Andrew. I figured that with four of our top dozen players missing we might have struggled. It was a good game and whilst Collingwood supporters are genuine ferals and Dane Swan looks sillier than most clowns, they are a pretty admirable team. Still, we just might pull it off again this year. We'll see.

Neil, you can have your St Kilda. I don't envy that at all.

Moondog (and Andrew), good luck with it all. I hope it goes brilliantly!
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