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Melbourne in August

Postby atavist » Fri Apr 16, 2010 8:49 am

In August, are there any good climbing or camping spots that are not far from Melbourne?

I've got only 3 spare days.
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Postby Damien Gildea » Fri Apr 16, 2010 3:11 pm

No.
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Postby dadndave » Sat Apr 17, 2010 11:37 am

Depends on what you call "not far" and whether you have a car

This is about 4 hours from Melboune..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grampians_National_Park
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Postby Rick B » Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:44 am

Wilsons Prom is good for camping and hiking, and not too far. But I don't know the latest fire status.. with anything around Melbourne it's always a good thing to check whether it hasn't burnt down lately (or if it's not burning at the moment)!
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Postby atavist » Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:27 am

Damien Gildea wrote:No.


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Postby atavist » Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:31 am

dadndave wrote:Depends on what you call "not far" and whether you have a car

This is about 4 hours from Melboune..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grampians_National_Park


Looks real nice. 4 hours is still a short ride but I probably shouldn't drive more than 8 hours, each way.
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Postby Alpinist » Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:15 am

Google Alpine Natn'l Park or the Snowy Mountains.
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Postby Damien Gildea » Tue Apr 20, 2010 3:28 am

Pat,

I was being a bit cheeky, what with me being from Sydney and all ...

I think it's about 4-5hrs drive out to Mt Arapiles, which is pretty much the best general rockclimbing crag on the planet, so if you don't mind the drive and have a partner, that might be good. Climbing closer to Melbourne is really not so good. There's some relatively low grade (5.4 - 5.9) climbs that are quick and easy to get on to, though you'd still want to buy a guidebook (there's a shop in Natimuk, the closest town, as well as pub, beds etc) and of course there's plenty of harder stuff (>5.13) equally accessible.

If you set off early you could drive to Araps in the morning, climb in the afternoon, climb all next day, climb the next morning and then drive back to Melb on the evening of the third day. Arapilies being what it is, if you're keen you could get a lot of great climbing done in that time. Most of the climbs are a short flat walk from the main camping areas, so you don't waste much time hiking approaches.

August might be a bit chilly in the shade, but fine in the sun, and you shouldn't have many other people on the routes. The alpine areas, Snowy Mountains etc, have some good snow camping and ski touring in August, but are really about 5-6hrs drive from Melb, plus longer approaches etc and more prone to crappy weather.

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Postby atavist » Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:50 am

I'll be in Australia from Aug 20-23. Anyone want to join a ski tour through the Snowy Mountains? I plan on crossing from Charlotte's Pass to Thredbo tagging Kosciusko and Townsend along the way.
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Postby radson » Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:16 am

baumann_pat wrote:I'll be in Australia from Aug 20-23. Anyone want to join a ski tour through the Snowy Mountains? I plan on crossing from Charlotte's Pass to Thredbo tagging Kosciusko and Townsend along the way.


Sounds awesome. I cant attend though as I leave for work on the 22nd.

Have fun.
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Postby Mountain Bandit » Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:16 pm

Yeah the Snowies are great for some cross country skiing. We were there just last month.

A lot of the peaks you can simply ski up (including Kosi). A few like Townsend were quite rocky (due to a lighter snow cover than usual for that time of year) so we had to get the skis off. I threw a couple of pictures up on my profile to give you an idea of what you’re in for – the hills are pretty cruisy here in Oz.

I reckon the way to do it is to park at Dead Horse Gap and climb/ski up from there. We only had two days up in the hills but you could spend many more.

O-well have fun.
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