Photo Trip Report - AAWT Winter 2018

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Photo Trip Report - AAWT Winter 2018

Postby Mark_O » Mon 11 Mar, 2019 11:25 pm

Hi Folks,

A query about the AAWT in winter on another forum has prompted me to spend the last couple of days putting together the photos and writings that my brother and I have from our 35-day winter traverse of the AAWT last year.

My apologies for not putting the content up here directly however if you go the site you will see that there are a huge number of photos which would be impossible to recreate on this site. If you are interested in ski-touring or seeing the 'Australian Alps' in winter you might like to briefly check out the following link:

https://markoates.exposure.co/australian-alps-walking-track

Oneday, in between all my other adventures, I'll hopefully find the time to put together a video or two plus some information around our equipment choices and findings. In the meantime I hope people enjoy checking out the photos.

Cheers, Mark

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Re: Photo Trip Report - AAWT Winter 2018

Postby crollsurf » Tue 12 Mar, 2019 12:47 am

That's about as core as you'll get. Pretty awesome.

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Re: Photo Trip Report - AAWT Winter 2018

Postby Zapruda » Tue 12 Mar, 2019 4:15 am

Fantastic, Mark. Thanks.
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Re: Photo Trip Report - AAWT Winter 2018

Postby Lizzy » Tue 12 Mar, 2019 5:44 am

You two are crazy! Totally AWESOME but definitely Nuts!!!
Well done!!
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Re: Photo Trip Report - AAWT Winter 2018

Postby ofuros » Tue 12 Mar, 2019 6:46 am

Memories to look back on...epic !
Mountains view are good for my soul...& getting to them is good for my waistline !
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Re: Photo Trip Report - AAWT Winter 2018

Postby bigkev » Tue 12 Mar, 2019 7:19 pm

Hi Mark, just starting to go through your excellent report. You guys are an inspiration, I would of thought doing it once in winter would of been enough, but twice....wow! I remember watching your first you tube report and thinking how tough it must of been, this trip looks like the snow conditions were a lot tougher. Pushing through regrowth weighed down by heavy snow must of had you questioning your sanity I'm thinking. Cheers
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Re: Photo Trip Report - AAWT Winter 2018

Postby north-north-west » Wed 13 Mar, 2019 7:30 am

Epic!

Nice report too. You shouldn't beat yourself up about the burgers and chocolate at the end - they were totally earnt.
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Re: Photo Trip Report - AAWT Winter 2018

Postby wildwanderer » Wed 13 Mar, 2019 7:58 am

Epic!

I would love to do this. Might have to learn to XC ski first!

Awesome report and photos. Thanks for sharing
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Re: Photo Trip Report - AAWT Winter 2018

Postby neilmny » Wed 13 Mar, 2019 1:20 pm

Great work Mark and I'm looking forward to your video version too.
I reckon I've watched your original north south videos on Vimeo about 10 times :D
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Re: Photo Trip Report - AAWT Winter 2018

Postby scoha » Wed 13 Mar, 2019 8:39 pm

Brilliant trip and fantastic report - hard core all right - well done
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Re: Photo Trip Report - AAWT Winter 2018

Postby DavidB » Thu 14 Mar, 2019 9:24 am

Yes it is an amazing report and trip. So interesting to see the AAWT in winter conditions.

I expect the navigation may have been a tad more challenging!
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Re: Photo Trip Report - AAWT Winter 2018

Postby Mark_O » Thu 14 Mar, 2019 9:45 pm

Thanks everyone for the kind comments!! Really appreciate it as it is often hard to find the energy and time to create a trip report like this

You are correct Big Kev - we were definitely questioning our sanity, particularly from Black River to Hotham :)

Hi Lizzy - you are right, we are both a little bit crazy but my brother is definitely more crazy. I am actually the sane one :) :)

Don't hold your breath for the video but it will (eventually) happen.

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Re: Photo Trip Report - AAWT Winter 2018

Postby weeds » Fri 15 Mar, 2019 9:36 pm

Wow...amazing trip report

Sadly we haven’t had time to get into pack rafting....but still talk about the cold windy day you took time out to show us around packrafts.


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Re: Photo Trip Report - AAWT Winter 2018

Postby paidal_chalne_vala » Fri 22 Mar, 2019 8:31 pm

Amazing, Setting the bar very high. Plus Nordic skiing with such big packs is also impressive.
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Re: Photo Trip Report - AAWT Winter 2018

Postby davidn3875 » Thu 28 Mar, 2019 1:49 pm

A great story well told, photos which capture the journey and a terrific achievement. Well done Mark and Andy.
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