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Ascent to Mount Feathertop-Point 1742 on 2017-07-04

Climber: user 1

Others in Party:Jeremy N.
Pierz N.
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Mount Feathertop - Point 1742
    Location:Australia-Victoria
    Elevation:5715 ft / 1741 m

Ascent Trip Report

We travelled up to the Razorback via the Great Alpine Road not for peakbagging purposes but to film a part of a music video in the snow. The previous day, we had unsuccessfully searched for snowfall on Mount Buffalo - getting rain and ice instead - but this day, the wet weather and higher altitude had conspired for excellent falls. As our priority was not on summiting peaks, and certainly not on actually climbing Feathertop, we only walked a short distance along the Razorback, searching for filming locations. What with the near-whiteout conditions and dramatic terrain, it was exciting walking, and really made me determined to eventually do a winter ascent of the mountain itself. The snow was initially not all that deep, but intermittent heavy falls eventually lead to a good, soft covering. The furthest we walked out was to the first knoll of much note, at 1742 metres, marked by a pole. The sharp drops on either side and rocky outcrops along the way gave the illusion of being on a much higher mountain, and it was very enjoyable to be up there. We ended up filming much closer to the trailhead by the road, among the snow gums that only seemed to grow on the west side of the ridge. The snow and cold made for some challenging filmmaking, especially for our sole actor, my uncle Jeremy (who was wearing no sleeves for the role). Once we were done, we were only a couple of hundred metres from the car, to our relief.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:YDS Class 1
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Windy, White-out



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