[SUBW-A] Late trip report: Skiing 20-22nd July
misaacs at student.usyd.edu.au
Thu Aug 15 12:32:07 AEST 2002
The party: Christian Peckham, Alex D for a bit, Mitchell Isaacs
It was mostly un uneventful drive down South for Christian & myself on
the Friday night, there were only a few disagreements with the car's
steering and a few unusual sounds.
We stopped in Jindabyne to pick up Alex, who had to return part way
through his trip due to a broken ski. The car at this point was sounding
At about 2am or so we passed through the National Parks gate, when my
old NAN (my car) got grumpy & decided it had gone far enough for one
evening (CV joint). We made a call to the NRMA, and passed away the next
hour or so talking to the NPWS guy in the gate over a cup of tea. The
NRMA came & confirmed that we weren't going anywhere, & told us he would
get us a tow in the morning, & drove off.
So the next day the three of us wend back down to Jindy to wait for the
car to be fixed, and after an oh-so-exciting day checking out the sights
of Jindy, eventually set off up the mountain at about 3:30pm. The wind
We didn't have time to go out & meet the others above Illawong in the
deteriorating weather, so we just spent a bit of time mucking around
near Guthega before camping at Island Bend.
The next day dawned brilliantly sunny (and a bit late), so we skiied off
to meet the others, which we did for an early lunch(See both Roger B &
Richard's trip reports). Roger's party was packing up to go home, while
Alex & Richard skiied back to Guthega to pick up some more food.
So Christian & I had the afternoon for skiing in fantastic weather &
great snow, Christian honing some of his skiing techniques, I borrowed
Richard's skis & went for a quick trip up to the range.
When I got back there was an extra character, Andrew Mitchell had
arrived from Guthega on snowshoes.
Darkeness fell, still no sign of Richard & Alex, so Christian, Andrew &
myself got stuck into soup & other "non-alcoholic" (term used very
Finally, three people arrived in the chilly moonlight, Richard & Alex,
and to my confusion, Andrew Jacob (I hadn't realized there were 2
Andrews). After dinner & a few drinks, we retired to bed.
The next day was another brilliant day, and after a quick dip in a
nearby creek, Christian & I bade farewell to the others who were going
to Blue Lake for some ice climbing & demolition lessons, and went for a
trip up Pounds Creek to a pass on the main range, with stunning views &
Then, back to camp, lunch, pack up & the icy ski back to Guthega. The
drive back to Sydney was fortunately less eventful than the drive down.
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