13102013 – VK3/VE-001
Proposed activation of VK3/VE-001 Mt Bogong during bonus period 13102013.
Mount Bogong is the highest peak in Victoria (1986 metres). Climbing Mount Bogong is strenuous and a high level of fitness is required. You must also be prepared for sudden unexpected weather changes.
Previous activation 12/Oct/2012.
Only managed one contact. Had issues with hardware (microphone lead broke) and couldn’t spot. I was holding the microphone together and trying to talk then the snow came. There is no room for issues when the snow comes.
Staircase – 16 km / 1 day return
Experienced bushwalkers only. Rough track with many obstacles and many steps that are very steep and difficult. Sign posted.
The track to the summit begins at the Mountain Creek Picnic Area and follows a vehicle track to the foot of the Staircase Spur, where the ascent begins through a forest of Peppermint Gums. Bivouac Hut, about halfway along the climb, offers emergency shelter before the track passes through snow gums and out onto the steep rocky ridge leading to the summit plateau. The exposed treeless plain of the summit offers little shelter in poor weather. Strong winds, fog, freezing temperatures, rain and snow are all common at this altitude. Navigation can be extremely difficult so turn back at the tree line if conditions are poor or deteriorating.
The above was taken from http://www.greatalpinevalleys.com.au/pages/walks-and-trails/#Mt_Buff It is good advice. As long as your prepared to sleep on the mountain if things turn sour then its just a big day. Worth the effort.