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Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

PostPosted: Sun 07 May, 2017 9:08 pm
by bigkev
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My climbing gully up through the second rock bluff.

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Mt Magdala in the middle distance with Mt Howitt behind from Picture Point.

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Last Saturday I decided to head up to the Upper Howqua Camping Area and do a circuit over to Mt Howitt. Basically it involved climbing Helicopter Spur, heading along the high ridges over Mt Magdala to Mt Howitt, before dropping back down to the Howqua River along Howitt Spur. Over the course of the day I walked 23 kilometres and climbed a bit over 1700 metres so it was a fairly solid day. The climb up Helicopter Spur was particularly good fun, the 3 rock bluffs making things interesting. Before reaching the rock the route is more of a bushwalking pad than a track on Helicopter Spur, but once on top of Helicopter Spur the rest of the walk followed good tracks, including an excellent section of the AAWT.

There are some more photos on my blog if anyone's interested http://goinferalonedayatatime.blogspot. ... ional.html

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Looking down towards Big Hill from Mt Magdala.

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The start of the Cross Cut Saw with the Razor and the Viking in the distance.

Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

PostPosted: Sun 07 May, 2017 10:17 pm
by Neo
Nice variety of landscapes bigkev. 23k IS a solid walk! I liked your hells window shot.

Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

PostPosted: Sun 07 May, 2017 10:48 pm
by neilmny
Bigkev you've done it again.....nice work. :D

Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

PostPosted: Mon 08 May, 2017 9:11 am
by north-north-west
Good conditions for it, too. It's a brilliant little walk, that. Helicopter's such good fun.

Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

PostPosted: Mon 08 May, 2017 6:17 pm
by bigkev
Hi All,
Thanks for checking out the post, this really is a very good walk...kinda makes you wonder why it took me so long to get up there and do it....
Cheers Kevin

Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

PostPosted: Mon 15 May, 2017 11:28 pm
by paidal_chalne_vala
I like it. I have yet to make it up Helicopter spur. I think the ultra light day walk approach would make the scramble up the rocky bits easier.Thanks for the photos on your web page. It is a beautiful area.

Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

PostPosted: Mon 16 Apr, 2018 10:47 pm
by phs
Helicopter Spur is interesting, not just the rock scrambling but some sections are also very steep
23km in this terrain is like an Olympic marathon

We hiked it May 2016

Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

PostPosted: Mon 16 Apr, 2018 10:55 pm
by Aardvark
I've drooled over Helicopter Spur. It will have to be included somehow when i'm there next.

Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

PostPosted: Sun 29 Apr, 2018 8:24 pm
by CraigVIC
Hi bigkev, thanks for taking the time to do your blog entries, I'm just back from The Grampians and your notes on the Stapylton Amphitheater were really useful, many thanks.

Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

PostPosted: Sun 29 Apr, 2018 9:18 pm
by bigkev
Cheers Craig, that's a cracker of a walk isn't it :D

Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

PostPosted: Mon 30 Apr, 2018 7:22 am
by CraigVIC
For sure, amazing views and scenery and I found it a real challenge in places, don't think I'll top it anytime soon.

Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

PostPosted: Mon 30 Apr, 2018 11:46 am
by NickPom
Big Kev, did you get to the upper howqua campground via Mt Buller & Corn Hill or TBJ & circuit road /bindaree? Thanks as always for your detailed notes & blog.

Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

PostPosted: Mon 30 Apr, 2018 1:00 pm
by bigkev
NickPom wrote:Big Kev, did you get to the upper howqua campground via Mt Buller & Corn Hill or TBJ & circuit road /bindaree? Thanks as always for your detailed notes & blog.


Hi Nick, I normally drop into Upper Howqua via TBJ and down Bindaree. Bindaree Road is ok in a 2wd in the dry normally.

Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

PostPosted: Tue 01 May, 2018 10:47 pm
by publicrejoicer
nice photos big kev

Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

PostPosted: Wed 02 May, 2018 7:08 pm
by bigkev
publicrejoicer wrote:nice photos big kev


Thanks PR. I loved your Razor Viking report by the way - very entertaining :wink:

Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

PostPosted: Mon 29 Oct, 2018 10:21 pm
by paidal_chalne_vala
Where exactly does the Helicopter spur track start? The track from behind the Dunny at the Upper Howqua campsite is not the right track is it?

Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

PostPosted: Tue 30 Oct, 2018 6:42 am
by bigkev
When I went up a couple of years ago the pad that started behind the dunny was the one I used.

Cheers

Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

PostPosted: Tue 30 Oct, 2018 7:54 am
by paidal_chalne_vala
Yes but it not that disused 4 WD track that is blocked by boulders is it?. Someone on Ski dot com said that leads to serious scrub bashing and Picture Point.

Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

PostPosted: Tue 30 Oct, 2018 11:28 am
by north-north-west
It's been a while, but I seem to recall a fork in the track, not far up from the dunny. The left fork was wider but more overgrown and is the one that leads to Picture Point. As long as you stick to the right you should be OK, assuming that there haven't been major changes in the last five years and that I am remembering this correctly

Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

PostPosted: Tue 30 Oct, 2018 12:55 pm
by bigkev
My recollections are similar to NNW. Re reading my old post I followed an old 4wd track. There is a couple of photos on the post of the start of the track and the scrub on the 4wd track as I headed to the base of Helicopter Spur. Unless things have changed a lot in the last 18 months then both the scrub and the navigation shouldn't present too much of a problem.

Re: Helicopter Spur, Mt Magdala, Mt Howitt

PostPosted: Wed 31 Oct, 2018 7:29 pm
by paidal_chalne_vala
I think getting a GPS and loading up the co ordinates could be handy esp. for this route and my attempt of Hannel's spur in the KNP this green season.