Bluff Spur

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snowgum
16/7/17 - 3:13pm
Mister Tee on snow shoes: There is a green sign found at many points on a many tracks on Mt. Stirling at about 1500 M elevation but most refer to the Bluff Spur track sign that warns of ALPINE ENVIRONMENT etc.
Yes, Up Bluff Spur (fastest - most consistent gradient on Stirling). Descended Stirling Trail, Wombats & Baldy loop by head torch (this was a bad Choice - not for snow which holds out well on these lower southern faces - but added significantly to the time and distance and potential for slippage in the limited torch light! ) (Bear in mind were talking Wednesday - after a week with little snowfall we might have walk half a km further for enough depth) Interestingly, snow started ~ 1280m on Bluff Spur. But it was more like 1480m before I donned skis. I was being conservative - it was more like ice at these elevations and I was on semi-phat wax telescope with skins - skins dislike rocks - more so than even ski bases!! Snow gauge read 50cm at Bluff Hut - I was told GGS hut was 30. The summit was mostly stable but had some lumps and the odd rocks and by 4:30 had breakable crust (parallels only!). Dugout looked OK (bar the pm crust) - Stanley guts ok but too icy at 4pm for me solo. A nice 20-30 cm would transform the upper mtn - place it in the good+ categ rather than fair. Oh and skidoo grooming seemed to struggle to make the firm stuff - esp on the zStirling Trail which would be OK for clumping but a bit roller coastery for my liking at 6pm. (Skins slowing my darkish descent). Give it a go but obviously weather will be tricky this week. ???
Mister Tee on snow shoes
16/7/17 - 12:59am
There is a green sign found at many points on a many tracks on Mt. Stirling at about 1500 M elevation but most refer to the Bluff Spur track sign that warns of ALPINE ENVIRONMENT etc.
stridercdh
15/7/17 - 11:34pm
snowgum: Howdy, cover is ok at Stirlo BTW - based on Wed, 12/7. I'd be very surprised if its not up to the 'good' cat in two weeks. Unless serious rain hits??? FWIW: summit and upper trails were a bit firm but a fresh fall of 10-15 cm will sort that out. Skiing started before the green sign - so worth the long drive in my book. The other noteable: less than 20 people on the summit. Hows that for space? Least crowded 'skiable' resort in Oz. Well, on the mainland! So enjoy MrT. :)-)
Hi Snowgum, from which green sign were you skiing? I'm heading up on Wednesday next week and I'd at like to gauge what the current conditions (well at least from when you were there) are like, and hopefully would be improved upon with the next snowfalls.
snowgum
15/7/17 - 10:14pm
Mister Tee on snow shoes: Snow Gum, You must not mention the "R" word!
Fair enough! Consider that misheard!
Mister Tee on snow shoes
15/7/17 - 9:09pm
snowgum: Howdy, cover is ok at Stirlo BTW - based on Wed, 12/7. I'd be very surprised if its not up to the 'good' cat in two weeks. Unless serious rain hits??? FWIW: summit and upper trails were a bit firm but a fresh fall of 10-15 cm will sort that out. Skiing started before the green sign - so worth the long drive in my book. The other noteable: less than 20 people on the summit. Hows that for space? Least crowded 'skiable' resort in Oz. Well, on the mainland! So enjoy MrT. :)-)
Snow Gum, You must not mention the "R" word!
snowgum
15/7/17 - 7:55pm
Mister Tee on snow shoes: I have a Mt .Stirling trip in the diary now as a definite starter for July 29-30th.There should be enough snow to dig a tent in nicely by then at the Bluff spur hut area.I am going back up the Bungalow spur to Fed. hut .on Monday July 17th.
Howdy, cover is ok at Stirlo BTW - based on Wed, 12/7. I'd be very surprised if its not up to the 'good' cat in two weeks. Unless serious rain hits??? FWIW: summit and upper trails were a bit firm but a fresh fall of 10-15 cm will sort that out. Skiing started before the green sign - so worth the long drive in my book. The other noteable: less than 20 people on the summit. Hows that for space? Least crowded 'skiable' resort in Oz. Well, on the mainland! So enjoy MrT. (:-)
Mister Tee on snow shoes
15/7/17 - 4:18pm
I have a Mt .Stirling trip in the diary now as a definite starter for July 29-30th.There should be enough snow to dig a tent in nicely by then at the Bluff spur hut area.I am going back up the Bungalow spur to Fed. hut .on Monday July 17th.
Mister Tee on snow shoes
6/7/17 - 12:39am
stridercdh: Yes, it is looking a bit sad on the cams. Still nothing at TBJ so I wonder how much of a hike to any snow, skiable or otherwise.
Going up The NW spur of Mt. FT looks like a better bet for Sunday week, with one night at MUMC hut and back down along the Bungalow track ( conditions permitting).I will take crampons, an ice axe and snow shoes.Yes, I know there is no wood burner / heater at MUMC hut so I will just have to rug up.
stridercdh
6/7/17 - 12:16am
Mister Tee on snow shoes: I am still not convinced that there is enough snow at Mt. Stirling to justify a two night snow camp/ snow shoe trip this Sunday July 9th 2017.
Yes, it is looking a bit sad on the cams. Still nothing at TBJ so I wonder how much of a hike to any snow, skiable or otherwise.
Mister Tee on snow shoes
4/7/17 - 4:01pm
I am still not convinced that there is enough snow at Mt. Stirling to justify a two night snow camp/ snow shoe trip this Sunday July 9th 2017.

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