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Ascent of Mount Bogong on 1993-10-20

Climber: Greg Slayden

Date:Wednesday, October 20, 1993
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Bogong
    Location:Australia-Victoria
    Elevation:1986 m / 6516 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Wednesday, October 20, 1993:

I was up very early, and had trouble getting my car out of the very crowded driveway of the Albury Backpacker's Hostel, finally extricating it after lots of maneuvering. I drove south to Tawonga on Route 191, drove east on the Mountain Creek Road, a dirt track, where, after passing it, I parked at the trailhead for Mt. Bogong at 7:10 AM.

I then climbed up to the 1986 meter (6516 foot) summit of Mt. Bogong, a long 4500-foot vertical hike that started in deep forest under clear skies but had me in thick clouds by the time I reached timberline three-quarters of the way up. The weather at the summit was brutal--ferocious wind whipped across the open, snow-covered plateau, visibility was so poor in the pea-soup fog that sometimes I couldn't even see the next cairn marking the trail, and the rain or snow falling didn't help, either. I was bummed about the weather, since the terrain looked very scenic and interesting, but the beautiful rime ice filaments on the cairns and trail signs were some compensation.

On my descent I met another group of hikers in this Antarctic landscape, chatted briefly, then descended the same way I came up. The cloud ceiling was slightly higher, offering some views just above the timberline before the long but easy downhill hike through the strange Australian forest to my car--I arrived back at 3 PM. I had missed having my altimeter along for this hike, since it had still been broken, but at the car I noticed it was now working. I had no trouble with it for the rest of my trip.

The summit of Mount Bogong is marked by a giant beehive-shaped cairn--when one is there in an icy white-out, that is all you get in your picture (1993-10-20).
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1396 m / 4580 ft
    Trailhead:590 m / 1936 ft
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Very Windy, White-out
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