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AAWT website

Sun 25 Jul, 2021 11:33 am

I was looking for information on the AAWT and found this https://aawt.net.au/ It seems to be mostly empty. The limited information made me smile - the AAWT goes over Mount Willis and the Thompson Rivers (plural) and through the "Viking/Razor Wilderness". Does anyone know who published this and if there are any notes?

Google maps show the Stronachs campsite.
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the AAWT is marked in red circles. My recollection is that the campsite was on the Thomson Valley Road, close to a creek, either the yellow box or the blue circle. Can anyone advise if Stronachs campsite was on the Thomson Valley Road, and if so, where?

Re: AAWT website

Sun 25 Jul, 2021 1:37 pm

From what I can remember Lophophaps the blue circle is the 'official' camp, although it is a little hard to be sure from the aerial photo. The official camp is around 50 to 100 metres east along Thomson Valley Road from the spot where the AAWT emerges from the scrub (heading north) - it's on the north side of the road. There is actually a camp site that I've always thought looks a little better as it is around 100 metres before the AAWT hits the road - although I'm not sure on the exact 'legality' of that spot.

Also, the AAWT leaves the Thomson Valley Road heading north on the corner a couple of hundred metres to the north of where it emerges onto the road now.

I'm hoping to head up there in the next month to do a snow walk from there down to O'Sheas - providing we get some time off for good behaviour :roll:

Cheers

Re: AAWT website

Sun 25 Jul, 2021 10:35 pm

A whois lookup says who it belongs to.
There's an email and ABN, which you can find by doing the search (Not sure it's a good idea to post it on a public forum).
https://whois.auda.org.au/ search aawt.net.au

Re: AAWT website

Mon 26 Jul, 2021 8:38 am

Kev, thanks. it is a bit hard to identify from the picture. If the campsite is as shown on the picture it is a better location, less traffic. If you do not get time off for good behaviour there's an appeal process, but the courts have a backlog.

Baeng72, I have not heard about Brendan Barnes. He has a website https://brenbarnes.com.au/ and seems to be fairly active.

John Chapman has no advice about a new location.

Re: AAWT website

Mon 26 Jul, 2021 8:48 am

Lophophaps wrote:Baeng72, I have not heard about Brendan Barnes. He has a website https://brenbarnes.com.au/ and seems to be fairly active.


You know more about him than I. I stopped at the whois search. :)
Seems to be much more of an outdoor type than an occasional weekend-warrior like myself.

Re: AAWT website

Mon 26 Jul, 2021 10:22 am

I think Brendan is also working behind the scenes for the Ranger Relay along the AAWT later this year. There are also some other contacts on the page listed below.

https://www.facebook.com/australianalps ... 740322380/

Re: AAWT website

Mon 26 Jul, 2021 1:02 pm

Google maps position of Stronachs is pretty close, about 100m SW of TV road and is signed as the 'official' campsite for AAWT walkers. There is another campsite at the blue circle but it's signed as a no camping area. I think the idea is to discourage camping near the waterways within the catchment.

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Official campsite at Stronachs


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Sign at Stronachs


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Campsite on Thomson Valley Rd


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Sign at Thomson Valley Rd campsite. Don't let the bullet holes discourage you.


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Route from Stronachs
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Re: AAWT website

Mon 26 Jul, 2021 7:23 pm

Thanks. I'm hopeful that Parks Victoria do not enforce No camping with guns, and if so they are bad shots. It looks like the route north on the road for a short way then continuing north to where the AAWT meets a track from the west avoids a loop to the east. About 250 metres from the start of the road walk at a left bend there's a faint track going north through the logging coupes.

Re: AAWT website

Mon 26 Jul, 2021 10:50 pm

Lophophaps wrote: I'm hopeful that Parks Victoria do not enforce No camping with guns, and if so they are bad shots.

That's how they lull you into a false sense of security.
Those park rangers are bad, but the sharks are worse: https://youtu.be/DhczRVKnWHo

Re: AAWT website

Tue 27 Jul, 2021 8:52 am

These damn sharks are everywhere! Maybe they can clean up the feral horses. To avoid the sharks, this is where I stay on overnight remote ski trips on the Bogong High Plains. The dwelling comes in a small pack, just add warm water and stand back.

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Mount Nelse campsite
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Re: AAWT website

Tue 27 Jul, 2021 9:38 am

Lophophaps wrote:These damn sharks are everywhere! Maybe they can clean up the feral horses. Tor avoid the sharks, this is where I stay on overnight remote ski trips on the Bogong High Plains. The dwelling comes in a small pack, just add warm water and stand back.

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Dehydrated snow castle. The latest in ultralight hiking!

Re: AAWT website

Tue 27 Jul, 2021 10:25 am

Baeng72 wrote:Dehydrated snow castle. The latest in ultralight hiking!

I forgot to mention that the water is dehydrated, just add water.

Re: AAWT website

Tue 27 Jul, 2021 10:32 am

Lophophaps wrote:
Baeng72 wrote:Dehydrated snow castle. The latest in ultralight hiking!

I forgot to mention that the water is dehydrated, just add water.

Yep, I figured that, with snow being water....
It's amazing what technology can do these days.

Re: AAWT website

Tue 27 Jul, 2021 10:09 pm

@bigkev. Here's hoping for a good fall or two to get some on the ground.
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