All glad to arrive in the cooler conditions of the mountains, to find a welcoming Schuss Lodge. We easily settled into our lovely rooms with ensuites, and stocked our cupboards and allocated fridge shelf with all that we would need to face the ups and downs of the week. We all congregated in the lounge for our first briefing with our walk organizer. A shared BBQ was enjoyed at the end of the day.
With the weather forecast at a sunny 28 degrees, the leaders and
navigators decided upon the Delatite River trail, uphill for the A’s and downhill for the B’s. The lower half is a gentle walk along the river, with log bridge crossings. The two groups met half way for lunch, as they did most days. The A walkers continued the climb through the forest up to the verge. All walkers returned without incident to the lodge. The evening was spent around the pool table or with cards.
Day 2 was declared the rest day as it was a total fire ban. Some people chose to do their own little walks around the local area.
After a rainy night and a forecast of rain and storms it was decided that all walkers would start at Telephone Box Junction following the Razorback track with many options to cut short which both groups did when the rain came in after lunch. Luckily no one got too wet.
On day 4 we all woke to a crispy sunny and windy morning. The air temperature was a fresh -2C. The B-s rugged up and headed to the top of Mt Buller which was even colder, to start their descent of the West Ridge. Up or down, this is a challenging walk across the ridge with many rocky outcrops, stunning views and happy walkers.
Day 5, Four Mile Spur, up and down was an extremely challenging 6 1/2 hour walk and scramble through thick regrowth. Both groups frequently lost the track and the heat of the day also proved draining. We returned to the lodge to rehydrate with drinks of your own choice! We compared scratches and bruises and sore muscles.
A change of plans was needed because of a clash with the downhill mountain bike racers. The
alternate track was the Klingsporn track, up and down. In a pleasant 20 degrees we walked the 9 kms in 2 1/2 hours but mountainous conditions had taken their toll. Naps were required to recharge the batteries.
Day 7 took us up to Mt Stirling Summit. The views from the summit were well worth the climb. We made good time on this 4wd track but were still passed by the horse trekkers.
Thanks to everyone for a fabulous week. Great leader and companionship in a lovely spot. Can’t wait for the next one!!!
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