We only had two day window off work so had no room to move in relation to the weather, leaving the troopie at the Mt Loch car park we headed off into the snow showers. The day was already half over by the time we started walking, but we only had about eight kilometres to the hut. By passing Mt Loch our first stop was a Derrick Hut about four kilometres into the walk, the snow was starting to settle a bit but overall the walking was cold but fairly easy. Derrick Hut was built by the Wangaratta Ski Club in 1967 in the memory of Charles Derrick, a ski-tourer who died from exposure near here, he was attempting to ski from Mt Bogong to Mt Hotham in one day.
|Derrick Hut on day one.|
|Dibbins Hut is a little on the draughty, rustic side!|
|Climbing back up to Derrick Hut, day 2.|
We didn't use notes for this walk but there are plenty of guide book authors who have covered this area. I haven't been back up here since the massive fires that have ripped through the area in the last decade but there would be lots of changes, mainly to the snow gums that really don't like being burn't, both huts have survived the fires so far! All up we walked about 8 kilometres each day, the track is well marked and signposted when not under snow, a pretty cruisey overnight walk.
|Sam just loves the snow.|
|Back in the troopie with the heater on, all good.|