Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Daytrippin’: Mt Twynam and Beyond

As the leaves turn brown and the snow starts to fall we invariably set ourselves some goals for the winter. Inspired by my first trip to the Main Range last year, one of mine was to hit the MR as much as possible.

Unfortunately, Australia being the marginal snow country it is, I have only managed a handful of days out amongst our biggest lines ( here and here). As the season draws to a close I was eager to get back out there.

I arranged to ski with Rohan and Andy and we set off on the familiar slog out to Illawong and the Snowy River swing bridge. The snow is mostly gone from the lower elevations and we had to boot pack it pretty much all the way to the bridge.

Once over the snowy we made good time to the summit of Twynam, Australia’s third highest peak.

Rohan eyeing off Twynam



The ozbc presents itself




We dropped into The Triple A, an amazing chute of continuous steep fall line. We climbed out via the Watsons Creek conveyer belt. I’m still pretty new to the area but I have never seen so many people out. We came across three campsites and some other daytrippers.

The Watsons Creek exit






We dropped into the Avalanche Face and scored some nice spring turns.






Rohan and his crampons claim the ridge



We skinned back to Mt Twynam and took some bonus turns back to the Snowy River.




I made a vid of our time out at Mt Twynam (there are some issues with overexposure due to the angle of the sun and the slope aspect, sorry!).

2 comments:

  1. Another great set of photos! I feel a little sad as I haven't had a chance for a hike in the snow this year due to injury. Nothing beats a crisp sunny day in the mountains! I love the picture of Watsons Creek exit. Looks like I'm staring down a plughole!

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  2. Thanks Greg. Watsons Ck certainly is amazing with steep faces on both sides.

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