Dead Horse Snowshoe XIII

Trip type: 
Snowshoeing
Difficulty: 
Easy
Start date: 
Sunday, 18 August 2019 - 7:00am

Would you like a day of backcountry snow adventure that does not involve skiing? Then this short 5km-return classic snowshoe trip is for you. Starting from near Thredbo at Dead Horse Gap (1582m), the route climbs 470m through snow gum forest onto the Rams Head Range (+2050m). The objective is the ice and snow bound rocky crag of South Rams Head for a taste of winter alpine adventure and (weather dependent) magnificent views of Mt Kosciuszko, the Main Range and the Thredbo Valley, and as far as the Victoria and Mt Imlay on the NSW far south coast. Snowshoes are a fun and easy alternative for background country snow exploration, especially if you find maintaining you balance on skis too much of a challenge, or if the conditions are too icy to get an edge on your skis. This tried and tested route is sheltered, short and varied, and hence ideal for snowshoe beginners and even complete novices who have never seen snow. Map: 1:25,000 Thredbo Ski Touring.

Costs: 
About $30 for transport and park entry
Intended plan: 
As per the trip description. If conditions are adverse, we might only ascend as far as the tree line and avoid the exposed high ground.
Departure and intended return times: 
Depart Canberra Sunday about 7:30am. Return to Canberra Sunday evening about 8:30pm after dinner in Cooma
Local knowledge: 
Trip leader has extensive knowledge of local area and proposed route.
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