Intent to see the equipment used in SOTA its natural environment.
Meet at Kendall’s B (aka the Boys Camp) 9am start Sunday 28th September
Simplex 146.500 FM
APRS – http://aprs.fi/vk3hra-1
Current list of Activations,
Mt Wombat VK3KS
Mt Winstanley VK3HRA
Mt Torbreck VK3YY & VK3JBL (23cm)
Bill Head VK3HRA,VK3IL
Pyramid Hill VK3IL
Procter VN-019 VK3BYD
Mt Strickland – 23cm VK3JBL
There are several in the area. Different levels of access but all requiring hiking. 1K to 5Km each way on tracks.
Snobs Creek Rd – Rubicon State forest VIC.
- Mt Torbreck
- Mt Bullfight
- Pyramid Hill
- Bill Head
First Cut. The grouping is based on either previous activations or other activators successful ventures.
Have taken from the 1st to the 4th of November off which including the public holiday for Cup Day on the 5th, gives 5 days off. Enough time for a multiple overnight trip exploiting the Alps Walking track before summer weather.
Will be leave home on the 1st and back home on the 4th of November 2013.
Day One – Friday 1st November
Drive down to Melbourne then across taking the Princes Freeway to Traralgon. Head up inland to Licola turning right just before the bridge and heading up the Tamboritha Road. Take the left fork at the Junction then keep going until reach the Howitt Rd car park, which may take a little while as it’s not the best bit of gravel in the country and hope to pickup one summit on the way.
Access via Howitt Rd and Tamboritha Rd then Moroka Rd finally walking up to MacAlister Springs camping ground at base of Mt Howitt.
- VT-004 Pryces Plain
Will setup up the car to repeat APRS packets and leave at Howitt Plains camping ground. – UTM 55 H 5881423mN 472707mE Altitude1587.01m. It is 6 km to Mt Howitt and has pit toilets, shelter and tank water. Then walk the 5Km up to Gantner Hut camping area or MacAlister Springs. This site has toilets and water. The intend is to setup tent here to act as a base for the next two days.
Day Two – Saturday 2nd November
Mt Howitt to Mt Lovick Number of Stops: 3 Total Distance: 14.4 km
Mt Howitt to Mt Howitt total Distance: 27.0 km
- VE-020 Mt Lovick
- VE-016 King Billy No1
- VE-012 Mt Marjorie
Then return to Mt Howitt for evening activation. Then back to base at MacAlister Springs. The plan is to trek out and activate on the return trip. If the terrain or weather is harsher than expected to reasonable then will drop Mt Lovick and only go as far as King Billy 1.
Day Three – Sunday 3rd November
MacCallister Springs to MacCallister Springs Total Distance: 24.6 km.
- VE-043 Mt Despair
- VE-022 Mt Speculation
Returning to Mt Howitt for evening activation. Then back to base at MacAlister Springs.
This is going to be a decent trip. 24Km return so will take all day.
Day Four – Monday 04th November
Drive home returning to Licola via Tamboritha Road picking up a summit on the way
- VT-011 Mt Tambortitha
- VT-002 Mt Reynard
Parks Victoria Fact sheets
Overview – Overview-Map.pdf
Day One – 01112013-Map.pdf
Day Two – 02112013-Map.pdf
Day Three – 03112013-Map.pdf
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
VK3/VT-013 (Mt Selma) and VK3/VT-016 (Mt Useful)
VK3/VT-005 (Trapyard Hill) and VK3/VT-012 (Cromwell Knob)
VK3/VT-002 (Mt Reynard) ,VK3/VT-031 (Mt Margaret) and VK3/VT-032
VK3/VT-003 (Picture Point Range) and VK3/VT-007 (Wellington Plateau)
VK3/VS-018 (Point 756 / Pyrenees) and VK3/VS-023 (Point 726/Victoria Range)
Summits to do list,
VK3/VT-022 (Conners Plain)
VK3/VC-016 (Mt Beenak) and VK3/VT-040 (Spion Kopje)
VK3/VN-027 (Mt Gordon) and VK3/VN-013 (Mt Despair)
VK3/VE-221 and VK3/VE-137 – (Bald Hill)
VK3/VE-134 – (Mt Terrible Spur)
VK3/VG-001 (Mt Cope)
VK3/VE-004 (Mt Nelse)
VK3/VS-023 (Point 726) and VK3/VS-024 South Victoria Range
This is where the fires went through so most will be clear.
Access from Glenelg River Rd. Park car at Chimney Pots car park and track across to Point 726. This is where the fires were during summer so access would be easier as the middle scrub gone just dress to get dirty. 2.7K with 300m.
Victoria Range is in the Grampians National Park.
Hour and half + roo time from home.
There are summits of value there. It was a no-go zone due to the fire that was there summer 2012. See activation of VS-025 & VS-021
Rock climbing will be involved so wont be doing in wet. Break this into at least two trips as access from North is challanging.
Mid August – VK3/VS-005 – (Chimney Pots) & VK3/VS-023 (Point 726)
Access from Glenelg River Rd. Track to lookout on way to Chimney Pots. Car park off Glenelg Rv Rd then up from the south. 3Km
Access to Point 726 from Harrop track. Using tracks to avoid the thick scrub experienced earlier. This is where the fires were during summer so access would be easier as the middle scrub gone just dress to get dirty. May come straight across if the scrub is clear enough.
Access to South Victoria Range from Harrop track. Another 8Ks so not sure if will be three in one day.
VK3/VS-006 (Mt Thackeray) +
Victoria Range Rd is closed and 4WD from North. Have talk to people who mountain bike along here is it is steep.
Apparently access from front is possible.
hmm more work needed for a plan. Really need access to Victoria Range Road.
VK3/VE-073 Mt Timbertop and VK3/VE-123 VK3/VE-123
3:30hrs to Mansfield.
30 minutes towards Mt Buller. Turn into Howqua Track off Mt Buller Road.
1.3 km from track to summit. Its all uphill, 300m over 1.2km.
Down then 3 km across to VE-123. 200m over 3km with a steep finish.