Ascent of Mount Buller on 2016-10-29

Climber: Jude N

Others in Party:Pierz N.
Date:Saturday, October 29, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Buller
    Elevation:5922 ft / 1805 m

Ascent Trip Report

After a long wait, we finally climbed Mount Buller via the easy way, driving up through the resort to the summit car park. Although it was my wish to climb the spectacular West Ridge, my hiking partner was feeling slightly ill, so I gave up on this hope. It was an short easy climb to the summit hut, with the last streaks of snow melting beneath our feet and lovely blue skies above. From the narrow summit the views were incredible, beginning in the north at the bulky Mount Buffalo, still snowy Bogong and Feathertop, and down along the Great Dividing Range from Mount Cobbler to Mount Howitt to The Bluff. Behind the Bluff lay the remote Mount McDonald, the next day's summit. The most interesting part of the day was however descending 500m down the West Ridge to admire the rocky arête above and below us. The ridge was breathtaking and narrow, and we took plenty of photos. After a good time we returned to the summit and back to the car. An easy day out.
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The summit and North Ridge (left) of Mount Buller, from the West Ridge (2016-10-29). Photo by Jude N.
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Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:YDS Class 1
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear

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