|The view from Mt Fainter this afternoon.|
My original big walk up here was really a 7 day walk that not only traversed the Bogong High Plains but the Mt Bogong Massif as well, being young and stupid I’d done it in 6 days all those years ago. With only 4 days leave from work for this walk I decided to shorten things up a bit, I’d still start and finish at the tiny Bogong Village but I’d omit the Mt Bogong traverse. The good news about this plan was that I’d walk some country that I’d never walked before, oh yeah and I’d cut out more than 1000 metres of climbing and descending, sweet!
So anyway, with all my gear packed the night before I was able to head off fairly early on my long drive up to Victoria’s High Country. After an almost traditional a short pit stop for breakfast at the Maccas at Glenrowan I pulled up at Bogong Village at around 10am, not the earliest start that I’ve ever had but not too bad considering the 5+ hour drive from home.
|Down the bottom of Bogong Village on a beautiful Autumn morning - time to set off.|
|Climbing back up through Bogong Village I followed the access road for awhile....|
|I walked up the Bogong High Plains Road for a couple of hundred metres.|
|Once on my way up Springs Saddle Fire Track it's a fairly straightforward up hill plod.|
|Springs Saddle. There is a Parks Vic signpost pointing down Springs Saddle Fire Track to Bogong Village here...which only made the locked gate at the bottom more confusing.|
|Leaving Bogong Jack Saddle the Mt Fainter Fire Track starts to climb solidly again up towards Mt Fainter.|
|Late afternoon and I've made it up to Mt Fainter North.|
|Looking back to Mt Fainter North....|
Ok, I walked 20 kilometres and climbed 1282 metres on what is a hard grade walk. Once on the correct track navigation today was simple, however escaping the clutches of Bogong Village was a bit of a bitch. You can get past the locked gate on Springs Saddle Track, however I’m not sure of the legality of this…you’ll have to make up your own mind (incidentally, there is a Parks Vic signpost at Springs Saddle pointing back down Springs Saddle Track to Bogong Village, so maybe Parks Vic are also a little confused?). Mr Chapman and Mr Thomas have both written up this section of the walk (more or less) but both sets of notes are more than a decade old. I used Rooftop’s Bright-Bogong-Hotham Forest Activities map today as well as my GPS maps.
Mt Feathertop, Alpine National Park, 1990.
North West Spur, Mt Feathertop, Alpine National Park, 1999.