Thursday 9 August: Another snowshoe trip. Starting from Guthega. Leader: Mike B.
On a roll with beautiful weather, as last week.
Distance: 10.0km | Climb: 400m | Time: 9.15am – 3.00pm (5hrs 45mins), including 60 mins of breaks | Grading: M/M; M(10)
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Another 6.15am meet in Calwell and drive via Cooma, Berridale, Jindabyne to Guthega. Plenty more snow than last week, running into it on the road lower down.
Walking by 9.15am, so 3 hrs drive + gear up.
We headed along the road under the lodges and onto the track leading to the Illawong Walk.
Down to cross the bridge over Blue Cow Creek.
Then the long haul up the spur leading to The Paralyser.
More tiring than last week, as the snow was softer and our shoes sank in a bit.
But magnificent views!
At last we gained the SMA0318 trig and morning tea.
Ran into a pair of cross coutnry skiers out from Perisher.
Again, huge views.
We headed south and a veer to the west, to cross a broad saddle. The going was easier as the snow was harder – perhaps more windswept.
Brian wanted to visit a rocky knoll.
It also provided huge views.
From this southern extent, we turned down to the NW and found lunch. The snow was too soft for me to slide on my pack liner.
A descent of 250vm towards Spencer Creek through soft snow. A lovely experience going down hill.
We then turned NE to Illawong Hut.
Met 4 cross country skiers heading for the hut as we trended NE to Gutherga.
Back over the bridge and a climb up to civilization.
What a fabulous day! Huge thanks Mike. Very experienced snow bunnies in Brian and Peter too.
4 walkers – Peter A-S, Mike B (leader), Brian S, me.