Myrtleford Ski Club Weekend of Walks at Falls Creek, March 4-6, 2016

Weekend at Falls Creek, March 5 and 6, 2016. Twenty seven walkers booked in to stay at the Myrtleford Ski Lodge at Falls Creek. Everyone arrived between 3.00pm and 9.00pm on the Friday Night (March 4) to be ready for the walks commencing on the Saturday.

The Saturday walks all commenced from Watchbed Creek west of Rocky Valley dam at 8.45 am. The four Easy walkers completed the Heathy Spur track and looped back to the views of the Rocky Valley Dam.

The Easy/Medium walkers ventured along the Fire Track to Warby Corner, and then climbed the un-named third highest peak in Victoria which is east of Mount Spion Kopje. They then went back to Edmondson’s Hut for lunch, and returned to their cars after completing 17km.

The Medium walk of 20km also went to Warby Corner then proceeded along the 4WD track to Mount Spion Kopje which looks towards Mount Bogong to the North. The 25km Hard walk diverted off the same track, and proceeded along 4WD tracks to Little Spion Kopje, which rewarded them with magnificent views of both the Kiewa and Ovens Valleys, as well as the extent of the Bogong High Plains.

Their views included Mount Bogong to the North, Bogong Village and Lake Guy to the North West and Mount Feathertop to the west. As well as this, there were panoramic views down to the Big River gorge, the Grey hills and Crow’s Nest area and Mt Arthur. This group often walkers retraced their steps then met up with the Medium group back to Watchbed creek.

Back at the Ski Lodge all participants enjoyed “happy Hour” then a two course meal was enjoyed by all.

The Sunday walks commenced at the Pretty Valley Park at 9.30am.

The Easy/Medium walkers visited Tawonga Huts which are located amongst ancient snow gums and alpine vegetation. They then followed the snow poles back to the cars.

Another group completed the same as above, but also completed the climb to Mount Jaithmatong itself. They then returned Tawonga Huts, and then to Pretty Valley dam.

Overall, this seemed to be a very successful weekend.

The lodge has excellent facilities, the walks had plenty of variety and catered for different abilities and interests, the social night was a genuine laugh and the catering was first class with a minimum of fuss.

So thank you to all those who were part of the organisation, and to all participants who approached the whole weekend in a most positive and enjoyable spirit.

[Bob and Judy Shaw]

Summary of Walks completed – Saturday March 5th

Easy – Watchbed Creek to Heathy Spur: 6km Time taken: 4 hours

Easy/Medium – Watchbed Creek to the real Spion Kopje (1893m.) return via Edmundson’s Hut: 17km. Time taken: 6 hours

Medium/Hard Watchbed Creek to the real Spion Kopje, Mount Spion Kopje (1841m). Return: 22km Time taken: 8 hours

Hard – Watchbed Creek to the real Spion Kopje, Crow’s Nest, Mount Spion Kopje and Little Spion Kopje (1724m) Return: 27km. Time taken: 9 hours

Sunday March 6th

Easy – Near Pretty Valley Dam to Tawonga Huts return: 9km Time taken: 4 hours

Medium – Near Pretty V

alley Dam to Mount Jaithmathang (1852m). Return: 16 m. Time taken: 5.5 hours

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