Water on the AAWT

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Re: Water on the AAWT

Postby Mr Bean » Fri 18 Jan, 2019 7:45 am

sara1h wrote:Nick and Carolyn - hope you're going well if you're still out there! Or had a great time if you've already made it to Hotham.


Hi Sarah,
We had to bail out at Mac Springs and head down Howitt Spur, where my brother picked us up. We mis-calculated a day of hiking and we were traveling slower than we had anticipated (10-12km per day, rather than 14-16km). It would have worked out that we had the last day without food. Considering the calories we were going through, and the unpredictability of the situation, we took the safe option. We will be back around Easter to complete it (King Billy to Hotham).

A great learning experience as it was.
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Re: Water on the AAWT

Postby Mutley » Mon 11 Mar, 2019 7:10 pm

Hi team,


Looking for an up to date water report for the AAWT from Thredbo to Kiandra. Specifically:

Anton Anderson Saddle - Camp Creek
Whites River Hut - Munyang River
Valentines Hut - Valentine Creek
O’Keefes Hut - Hut Creek
Happys Hut - Happy Jacks Creek
Nine Mike Creek, South of Four Mile Hut Jcn.

We are leaving in the next 3 weeks.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Water on the AAWT

Postby Lophophaps » Mon 11 Mar, 2019 9:01 pm

Anton Anderson Saddle - Camp Creek: There should be water in the gully to the east. I've found Main Range water in green season by going downhill from ridges a short way. This is exposed, so look for tent sites on the east side.

Whites River Hut - Munyang River: There are two creeks closer to the hut than the river. The best spot to get over the one coming from the GPS road is to the right facing the hut. If coming from the Rolling Ground you have to cross this creek near the hut. Consider staying high to Dicky Cooper Bogong and descending to Schlink Pass. This route has less descending, less climbing and much better views. There's reliable water and exposed camp sites near Dicky Cooper Bogong. From DCB go eastish then when the plateau falls away go SE, east and then NE, more or less. If you head east then you will hit rocks, not that nice.

Valentine Hut - Valentine Creek: Always running.

O’Keefes Hut - Hut Creek: Always running, and like Valentines take a wine cask or similar as the water is a a little distant. This comment probably applies to most places.

Happys Hut - Happy Jacks Creek. Always running, a minute from the hut.

Nine Mike Creek, South of Four Mile Hut Jcn.: Always running, tent spots close to the creek.This could be a frost hollow. Four Mile Hut valley is very cold as well. Consider camping higher, even if you have to cart water a short way up the next hill.
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Re: Water on the AAWT

Postby Lophophaps » Mon 11 Mar, 2019 9:02 pm

Anton Anderson Saddle - Camp Creek: There should be water in the gully to the east. I've found Main Range water in green season by going downhill from ridges a short way. This is exposed, so look for tent sites on the east side.

Whites River Hut - Munyang River: There are two creeks closer to the hut than the river. The best spot to get over the one coming from the GPS road is to the right of the 4WD track facing the hut. If coming from the Rolling Ground you have to cross this creek near the hut. Consider staying high to Dicky Cooper Bogong and descending to Schlink Pass. This route has less descending, less climbing and much better views. There's reliable water and exposed camp sites near Dicky Cooper Bogong. From DCB go eastish then when the plateau falls away go SE, east and then NE, more or less. If you head east then you will hit rocks, not that nice.

Valentine Hut - Valentine Creek: Always running.

O’Keefes Hut - Hut Creek: Always running, and like Valentines take a wine cask or similar as the water is a a little distant. This comment probably applies to most places.

Happys Hut - Happy Jacks Creek: Always running, a minute from the hut.

Nine Mike Creek, South of Four Mile Hut Jcn.: Always running, tent spots close to the creek.This could be a frost hollow. Four Mile Hut valley is very cold as well. Consider camping higher, even if you have to cart water a short way up the next hill.
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Re: Water on the AAWT

Postby Mutley » Tue 12 Mar, 2019 6:05 am

Awesome, thanks Lopophaps
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Re: Water on the AAWT

Postby Mutley » Tue 12 Mar, 2019 7:53 pm

Lophophaps wrote:Anton Anderson Saddle - Camp Creek: There should be water in the gully to the east. I've found Main Range water in green season by going downhill from ridges a short way. This is exposed, so look for tent sites on the east side.

Whites River Hut - Munyang River: There are two creeks closer to the hut than the river. The best spot to get over the one coming from the GPS road is to the right of the 4WD track facing the hut. If coming from the Rolling Ground you have to cross this creek near the hut. Consider staying high to Dicky Cooper Bogong and descending to Schlink Pass. This route has less descending, less climbing and much better views. There's reliable water and exposed camp sites near Dicky Cooper Bogong. From DCB go eastish then when the plateau falls away go SE, east and then NE, more or less. If you head east then you will hit rocks, not that nice.

Valentine Hut - Valentine Creek: Always running.

O’Keefes Hut - Hut Creek: Always running, and like Valentines take a wine cask or similar as the water is a a little distant. This comment probably applies to most places.

Happys Hut - Happy Jacks Creek: Always running, a minute from the hut.

Nine Mike Creek, South of Four Mile Hut Jcn.: Always running, tent spots close to the creek.This could be a frost hollow. Four Mile Hut valley is very cold as well. Consider camping higher, even if you have to cart water a short way up the next hill.



Water at Anton Anderson Saddle is my only concern. JC book shows water from the valley draining into Pound Ck East of the saddle, but is Albina lake an option ? Or does Pound Creek flow all year ?
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Re: Water on the AAWT

Postby Zapruda » Tue 12 Mar, 2019 8:27 pm

Lop is bang on.

Water inbetween Tate and Anton was sparse 3 weeks ago. Dropping down low I was able to find a trickle. Pounds creek runs all year and is cold and delicious. There is reliable water down toward the Sentinel and off either side of Twynam and Lil Twynam saddle (east is Pounds creek).

Was at Happys hut this weekend and there was plenty of water in the creek.
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Re: Water on the AAWT

Postby Mutley » Wed 13 Mar, 2019 6:42 pm

Thanks guys
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