Hotham Weekend – February 17-19

With accommodation at Wangaratta Ski Lodge at Mount St Bernard for the weekend, 27 members of the Warby Range Bushwalkers had two days of walking in the Mount Hotham area.

Saturday’s program offered two walks – a 12km walk encompassing Mount Loch and the Derrick Memorial Hut, and a rather challenging 21km circuit walk, with some steep grades, from Hotham to Dibbins Hut in the Cobungra Valley, and return via the Red Robin Mine, Machinery Spur and Mount Loch.

Sunday’s walk started from Dinner Plain Village, and included Carmichael Falls and Precipice Plain Lookout, with great views of the Upper Dargo River Valley, returning in time for lunch at the village.

The weather was almost ideal for walking, though quite cold, with frost overnight on Saturday, causing the diesel fuelled cars to have starting problems in the morning.

The predicted Sunday evening snow showers fortunately arrived after the participants had descended the mountains to return home.

The weekend proved quite social, with the Saturday evening dinner shared among all at the Ski Lodge.

Adrian

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