Stirling/Craig's Hut Hike

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Stirling/Craig's Hut Hike

Postby mattyc25 » Thu 02 Sep, 2010 12:55 pm

Some pics from the weekend, great trip!
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Re: Stirling/Craig's Hut Hike

Postby eggs » Thu 02 Sep, 2010 2:20 pm

Very nice.
I presume you had snow shoes?

And what is the range in the distance?
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Re: Stirling/Craig's Hut Hike

Postby trickos » Fri 03 Sep, 2010 8:31 am

nice pics - mattyc.
any pics of Craigs Hut?
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Re: Stirling/Craig's Hut Hike

Postby optdyl » Fri 03 Sep, 2010 9:46 am

Very nice, was up at Buller for the weekend, the weather was great!
Unfortunately, I think a lot of the snow will wash away this weekend!
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Re: Stirling/Craig's Hut Hike

Postby mattyc25 » Fri 03 Sep, 2010 11:44 am

Eggs, you presume right. The hike back to Stirling from Craig's hut there was alot of snow on the track softened by the sun. Would have been very hard work without snow shoes. Not sure what the range is called don't have my map with me, it is looking roughly north west from Clear Hills Trail.
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Re: Stirling/Craig's Hut Hike

Postby north-north-west » Fri 03 Sep, 2010 8:39 pm

Are you sure you mean north west and not north east? That shot with the walker looks like the beginning of the descent not far from the summit of Stirling, which would make the line of snowy hills running out to the highest peaks the Thorn Range, with Howitt, the Crosccut Saw, Buggery and Speculation behind.
I don't see anything resembling Cobbler, and that's the most distinctive peak to the northwest from Stirling/Craig's.

Of course, I'm notoriously bad at recognising landmarks . . . :roll:
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Re: Stirling/Craig's Hut Hike

Postby mattyc25 » Mon 06 Sep, 2010 8:49 am

Not that bad evidently!

Yes typo, you are correct north-north-west that is looking North-East.
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Re: Stirling/Craig's Hut Hike

Postby north-north-west » Mon 06 Sep, 2010 7:23 pm

And a lovely weekend it was, too. Lucky sods.
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Re: Stirling/Craig's Hut Hike

Postby walkon » Tue 29 Jul, 2014 9:30 am

During last week I did this little snow shoe shuffle. Bluebird skies greeted me with a nice snow depth, interesting people were around the place and I met fellow member paidal_chalne_vala which was a surprise. The walk was beautiful over the top of Mt Stirling and down the back. Seeing all the animal prints in the snow was interesting, trying to guess which track went with which animal. Arrived at Craig's Hut near dusk and was faced with an entry/exit sign, what the? Well you can guess which path I took. That night being the only one there, I went to sleep directly in front of the crackling fire. Ahh bliss.
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Craig's Hut Mt Stirling july 14

The next morning after taking a couple of nice shots I took off back up to explore the rest of the Mountain. On the walk up the hill I saw a young stag bounding effortlessly through the snow. It was absolutely breath taking as powder snow was kicked up through the air, creating light prisms all around it. The whole thing seemed ethereal and like nothing and I mean nothing has come as close to being so beautiful EVER! To wrapped up in the moment to take a photo of him, though the memory is still glowing vividly, I must have stood grinning for 10 minutes.

The rest of the day was sort of anticlimactic after that. Bluebird sky and beautiful snow couldn't compare. Snow camped that night and then shot off home the next day.
I was surprised with the amount of huts that Stirling has, all with firewood presupplied. You can even rent some tents that have a big teepee as a communal area with a wood heater in it. Had a terrific time and will certainly be back.
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Re: Stirling/Craig's Hut Hike

Postby andrewbish » Tue 29 Jul, 2014 10:59 am

walkon wrote:...
The next morning after taking a couple of nice shots I took off back up to explore the rest of the Mountain. On the walk up the hill I saw a young stag bounding effortlessly through the snow. It was absolutely breath taking as powder snow was kicked up through the air, creating light prisms all around it. The whole thing seemed ethereal and like nothing and I mean nothing has come as close to being so beautiful EVER! To wrapped up in the moment to take a photo of him, though the memory is still glowing vividly, I must have stood grinning for 10 minutes.

The rest of the day was sort of anticlimactic after that. Bluebird sky and beautiful snow couldn't compare. ....


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Re: Stirling/Craig's Hut Hike

Postby Gollyrook11 » Sun 17 Aug, 2014 8:02 pm

Thanks for posting this . Craig's hut is definitely on my bucket list for this year as it gets a bit warmer . .. Pics look fantastic ;)
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Re: Stirling/Craig's Hut Hike

Postby Drew » Mon 25 Aug, 2014 4:31 pm

This was how Craig's Hut was looking on Saturday arvo. There's still snow in the carpark (where a few people who must have been really keen to snow camp had pitched their tents), but it's on the way out in a hurry.
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Re: Stirling/Craig's Hut Hike

Postby andrewbish » Tue 26 Aug, 2014 9:20 am

Quite a change from Walkon's pic from 6 weeks' earlier! I hope there's still plenty of cover on Bogong!
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