Clouds roll in from the west out Mt Tate way
I considered alternate options; Mt Tate? A resort day? A ski up to Horse Camp Hut? A Sunday breakfast and the newspaper at home? A compromise was in order and I set off for Mt Tate. A much shorter hike with some good terrain.
I skied the crusty snow down to Guthega Dam, crossed over and started to make my way up the Guthega River. I crossed the creek at a very dodgy bridge. The wood had a fine layer of frost making it incredibly slippery and forcing me to clamber over on hands and knees.
I continued up to a nice looking face a few hundred metres up from the bridge. The sun was poking through the burnt out snowgums making for some stunning silhouettes.
I couldn’t resist taking some turns down to Guthega River. The snow was still firm but with a nice layer of corn.
I came into some trouble climbing back up from the creek. I hadn’t planned my route very well and was struggling with the steepness and firm snow.
|Deceptive terrain, harder than it looks to climb|
I was struggling to get purchase on the ice and switched to boot packing. I stopped for moment to take some photos and heard the familiar sound of a snowboard screeching on ice. Turns out it was my buddy Dave, we had a bit of a chat and both continued on our way.
I finally cleared the steep, dodgy terrain and got above the tree line. From here it was an easy skin to the ridge line that ultimately leads to Mt Tate. At the ridge there were some nice views.
|Lines off Twynam West Spur, plenty of snow left in them|
|Looking out to the western plains|
|Past the Guthega Trig to Jindabyne and beyond|
|Guthega, Double Trouble, Farm Creek and the back side of Mt Back Perisher and Mt Perisher|
I had a great run back to the dodgy bridge over the Guthega River. The snow had softened up nicely.
|Lower section of the run, the burnt trees remind me of the aspens in Japan|
|Old lift bits and pieces|
After crossing the bridge, which was a lot easier without the frost, I had an easy and non-eventful ski back to the car. Stripping off at the car I could clearly make out my turns up on the ridge line.