Hey guys, here’s an overnight ski trip to the Main Range. This trip is advanced so experience camping and/or snow camping is expected. We may be able to bring people without skiing experience if we are able to split the group into a experienced skier group and non-experienced group. There’s an option for a three day trip if people are keen and cars are available. The maximum size of the trip is eight people and two cars. You may have to borrow skis/boots from Jindabyne, Mont, or Rhythm if we don’t have your size in the gear store. Fuel and parks pass cost will be split between all members of the car.
I’ll send an email on Friday night a week before the trip to tell you if you can come. Please come to the pre-trip meeting on Wednesday and also help with doing the ski-maintenance.
Leave Canberra at 6:30 and head towards Guthega. If you are a driver, please buy the parks pass online beforehand. Please drop gear/people off at the road leading down to the dam and park the car at the overnight parking. We will aim to meet at the bottom of this road at around 10:00. We will cross the Illawong suspension bridge and spend the rest of the day skinning up to a flat to the East of Mt. Twynam and to the South of Mt. Anton. People are free to do some runs around the campsite once their tents are set up.
We will spend the day traversing the Main Range, maybe checking out the Sentinel or Blue Lake. I’m open to suggestions as long as the skiing isn’t super steep and/or not in avalanche terrain. We can also practice self arresting and finding beacons if people are keen. We will leave camp at around 14:00 and arrive back at Guthega by around 17:00. We may have dinner at Jindabyne depending on how people are feeling.
Rain jacket, pants, gloves, and eye protection are a must. Please don’t wear cotton. Otherwise have enough layers so that you will be comfortable in -5C. Hat/helmet, buff, extra pair of socks are highly recommended. A dry set of clothes to be left in the car is also nice.
-AT ski boot, AT ski, skins, poles
-Shovel, probe, beacon
-Sleeping mat with a R-rating 4 or above
-Sleeping bag -3C or below
-Crampons and ice axes if we decide on doing steep stuff
-Poop bag and toilet paper. Hand sanitizer is kinda nice
-Water bottle 1L or more depending on if you want to lug around stove and fuel
-Food and snacks
-Stove, alcohol stoves take very very very long to cook so not recommended
-Fuel, please make sure it is 4 season
Please study the map and terrain before coming on the trip. Take note of avalanche prone areas in the Main Range. Please bring your own form of navigation, map+compass or apps like Gaia