Mt Clear & King Billy No2 Winter Trip Report

Trip reports, stories, track notes. Multiple/large photos are OK in this forum.
Forum rules
Posting large/multiple images in this forum is OK. Please start topic titles with the name of the location or track.

For topics focussed on photos rather than the trip, please consider posting in the 'Gallery' forum instead.

This forum is for posting information about trips you have done, not for requesting information about a track or area.

Mt Clear & King Billy No2 Winter Trip Report

Postby andrewbish » Thu 13 Sep, 2012 10:38 pm

I got up to Mt Clear and King Billy No 2 a few weeks back. Here is my blog post about the trip.



mtclear-Aug2012-12.jpg
Twitter: @andrewbishxplor Blog: Trails & tracks
User avatar
andrewbish
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
 
Posts: 800
Joined: Mon 03 Jan, 2011 7:08 pm
Location: Melbourne
Region: Victoria
Gender: Male

Re: Mt Clear & King Billy No2 Winter Trip Report

Postby Tortoise » Thu 13 Sep, 2012 11:17 pm

Hey Andrew - interesting trip! Sounds like you made a very good decision to go with plan B, apart from the hunters. YIKES!! Glad you made it out intact.

I was surprised you used a floorless tent in the snow. Seems it'd be hard to keep stuff dry even if you had got your CCFoam mat. What was behind that decision? We used an old Ultimate 4 person tent (pyramid) that was brilliant in snow & high winds, but had a floor and a 'tunnel' entrance, and sturdy aluminium poles, so the tent didn't sag.

Re the semi-frozen socks & boots (you fared a little better than i did years ago) - we quickly learnt to put the wet sox in a plastic bag in the foot of our sleeping bags, and our boots in a bag toe-to-toe, with our 'pillow' arranged on that. Much more comfy and safer in the morning :-)

Cheers,

Tortoise
User avatar
Tortoise
Lagarostrobos franklinii
Lagarostrobos franklinii
 
Posts: 3672
Joined: Sat 28 Jan, 2012 9:31 pm
Location: NW Tasmania
Region: Tasmania
Gender: Female

Re: Mt Clear & King Billy No2 Winter Trip Report

Postby andrewbish » Fri 14 Sep, 2012 5:48 am

Hi Tortoise

I have a floored tent but it weighs 3.5kg vs 600g for my mid. I use a Tyvek bivy to keep dry. I plan to make/buy a light, floored 4-season tent some time.

Thanks for the tip re socks and boots - will try it out next time.

Andrew
Twitter: @andrewbishxplor Blog: Trails & tracks
User avatar
andrewbish
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
 
Posts: 800
Joined: Mon 03 Jan, 2011 7:08 pm
Location: Melbourne
Region: Victoria
Gender: Male

Re: Mt Clear & King Billy No2 Winter Trip Report

Postby iGBH » Sat 15 Sep, 2012 11:00 pm

Interesting read. I remember as a kid driving on the track between King Billy 2 and Mt Clear. Was a great drive - think it is a bit of a shame this is now MVO.
Bushwalking Forums - Bringing consumerism to the unwashed masses.
iGBH
Athrotaxis cupressoides
Athrotaxis cupressoides
 
Posts: 114
Joined: Sat 29 Jan, 2011 8:19 pm
Region: Victoria
Gender: Male

Re: Mt Clear & King Billy No2 Winter Trip Report

Postby andrewbish » Sun 16 Sep, 2012 12:37 am

iGBH wrote:Interesting read. I remember as a kid driving on the track between King Billy 2 and Mt Clear. Was a great drive - think it is a bit of a shame this is now MVO.


I don't think mgmt have been up that track in a while - lots of fallen trees on it
Twitter: @andrewbishxplor Blog: Trails & tracks
User avatar
andrewbish
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
 
Posts: 800
Joined: Mon 03 Jan, 2011 7:08 pm
Location: Melbourne
Region: Victoria
Gender: Male

Re: Mt Clear & King Billy No2 Winter Trip Report

Postby north-north-west » Tue 18 Sep, 2012 6:20 pm

andrewbish wrote:
iGBH wrote:Interesting read. I remember as a kid driving on the track between King Billy 2 and Mt Clear. Was a great drive - think it is a bit of a shame this is now MVO.

I don't think mgmt have been up that track in a while - lots of fallen trees on it


No-one drives through there in the winter. There's been enough wind this winter to drop a lot of trees.

IGBH: It's now a nice walk. Much better.
I think it was closed to keep cars away from the creek headwaters, and the track down the ridge. Fair enough, too.
"Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens."
User avatar
north-north-west
Lagarostrobos franklinii
Lagarostrobos franklinii
 
Posts: 11485
Joined: Thu 14 May, 2009 7:36 pm
Location: The Asylum
ASSOCIATED ORGANISATIONS: Social Misfits Anonymous
Region: Tasmania

Re: Mt Clear & King Billy No2 Winter Trip Report

Postby andrewa » Fri 21 Sep, 2012 9:53 pm

Hunters can be scary. I remember coming across a guy carrying a rike walking along a road on the east side of Mt Baw Baw once, as my yellow lab ( looking more and more like a small deer every time I looked at her!) and I went off fly fishing for the weekend.

I'm not quite sure why they need dogs if you can quietly walk along a road and see deer!

A
andrewa
Athrotaxis selaginoides
Athrotaxis selaginoides
 
Posts: 1216
Joined: Sat 05 Mar, 2011 5:55 pm
ASSOCIATED ORGANISATIONS: None
Region: Victoria
Gender: Male

Re: Mt Clear & King Billy No2 Winter Trip Report

Postby CaptainC » Tue 15 Jan, 2013 8:03 pm

That valley seems extremely popular with deer hunters these days. At Easter I saw several large camps of them along Brocks Rd.
CaptainC
Atherosperma moschatum
Atherosperma moschatum
 
Posts: 79
Joined: Sat 07 Nov, 2009 8:06 pm
Region: Victoria
Gender: Male


Return to VIC Trip Reports & Track Notes

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests