Big River to Cleve Cole Hut, AAWT, Alpine National Park - November 2017
|Looking across to Hooker Plateau and my ascent ridge.|
|Big River cascading down next to my camp.|
|Drip drying in the weak sunlight after a very chilly crossing.|
|The initial section of my climb up Quartz Spur involved a bit too much gymnastic walking for the Fat Feral Walker.|
|Quartz Ridge is my favourite of all the routes up Mt Bogong.|
|Looking back down along QuartzRidge, it all looks pretty easy really, doesn't it?|
|That's Eskdale Spur in the middle distance....|
|The weather was looking a little dodgy on my walk across to Cleve Cole Hut.|
I walked 12 kilometres today and climbed 800 metres on another hard day. After 19 walking days on the AAWT my stats are 314 kilometres with 15,645 metres of ascent. Water is a little hard to come by today after leaving Big River Track and heading up Quartz Ridge, there is a good creek at the track junction but it’s best to carry enough to get from there to Cleve Cole. You can get water from the head waters of Bogong Creek off Hooker Plateau normally but its a reasonably descent and there is a bit of a spring near the old summit hut site on Mt Bogong but it’s pretty marginal sometimes. Camping is available in many spots, once again the options are only limited by the need for shelter and water, the surrounds of Cleve Cole Hut is probably the best option. Navigation today largely depends on the weather, in good conditions it’s no problems, in bad conditions the section from Quartz Knob to the summit cairn of Mt Bogong needs a lot of respect. The walking from Quartz Knob all the way around to Tadgell Point traverses probably Victoria’s most sustained exposed terrain, I’ve been up here in bad weather and it can be life threatening. I got a Telstra signal today from the summit of Mt Bogong as well as from slightly up the hill on the ridge line from Cleve Cole Hut. I used John Chapman’s notes and maps as well as Rooftop’s Bright - Dartmouth Adventure Map for an overview.
AAWT, First day, October 2017.
AAWT, Previous day, November 17.
Mt Bogong Twice, Alpine National Park, 2016.
|The view from out the front of Cleve Cole Hut is pretty sweet.|