Here is a selection of activites from our outdoor program, taking place in the near future.
|Wed~11~--~Sat~21 Apr~2018||Medium/Hard||Cycle - Road: Broken Hill to Bourke Road Cycle||Cycle||This is a 7 night/8 day trip, starting in Broken Hill on 12th April and finishing in Bourke on the 19th April. About 600kms over 8 days. The first day is 110km on bitumen to Menindee, then 75km on dirt to Nelia Gaari station on the Darling River for night two. Next day is 75km to Wilcannia where we stay at Warrawong Caravan Park. We will have assistance with food/water to Nelia Gaari from the mail run contractor at Menindee. From Wilcannia we travel to a point on the Darling midway between Wilcannia and Kallara Station for night four, about 75kms. We need to carry extra food/water from Wilcannia for the next day to Kallara Station near Tilpa where we have another station stay - about 75kms. There is a pub at Tilpa but no food. From Kallara Station to Trilby Station at Louth is the next day - about 65kms. Louth has a general store and a pub. From Trilby Station we travel to Toorale National Park and camp on the Darling - about 75kms. The final day is into Bourke during the morning - about 75kms. The mail contractor at Bourke will take fresh water and possibly some food to our overnight stops at Toorale NP. Trilby Station, and Kallara Station.|
|Sat~21~Apr 2018||2018 Backcountry Film Festival PlusMcMahon's Point Community Centre Upper Hall, Blues Point Rd.||Social||2018 Backcountry Film Festival Plus. 8 adventurous and thought-provoking Winter Wildland's Alliance short films plus some great Aussie short films set in the Kosci and Victorian backcountry. Celebrate human endeavour in the wild os and Aus landscapes. Book now - $24; $16 under 18. Incl. Light refreshments. Book now on https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=358695& or use the link on the homepage.|
|Fri~27~--~Sun~29 Apr~2018||Four Mile hut maintenance||Meet at Mt Selwyn at 9am Friday 27 April. Looking at replacing warped timber slabs on the gable above the window for this trip with the usual cleaning and tidying of the hut. Social weekend including an informal artist camp, relaxing, short trips, and talking up the snow levels for the coming season. The theme for the weekend is to set aside time from our activities and busy lives to appreciate the hut and its surrounds.|
|Sat~1~Sep 2018||All grades||Backcountry festival at Falls Creek incorporating World Telemark Day.||This year World Telemark Day has moved to Falls Creek resort. It has broadened the focus to cover all forms of human and gravity powered backcountry travel, including telemark skiing, split boarding, cross country, snow shoeing and alpine touring. Another World Telemark Day/ Telefest is being planned for NSW in September. Stay tuned. The day – to be held on September 1st 2018 – will feature clinics and sessions covering ‘all things backcountry’, with a party at night. Lock in the date and hopefully we will see you in September. For full details go to the website: https://backcountry-festival.com|
|Sat~8~--~Sat~22 Sep~2018||Variable||Charlotte Pass, Lodge-Based Ski Touring||Lodge-based ski day trips from Charlotte Pass. Enjoy the luxury of dry boots, skiing from the door, day trips to places like Lake Cootapatamba, Mt Kosciuszko, Mt Townsend, Mt Lee, Mt Carruthers, Mt Twynam, Watsons Crags, Blue Lake, Club Lake, Mt Stilwell, Twin Valleys, etc, or sharpen up your teles on the lifts. (Don't yet know if lifts at Charlotte Pass will be open for the whole week.) Experience the outrageously cooperative spring snow and choose the grade to suit yourself. Come for some or all of the week. Southern Alps has finalised its rates for our group to stay at Charlotte Pass in September. They are: for visitors, for the week 15-22 September, $544 for the week 8-15 September, $844 for SASC members, for the week 15-22 September, $460 for the week 8-15 September, $694 Unfortunately Southern Alps has not offered a particularly attractive price for the week 8-15 September. I had hoped that we could negotiate a rate that provided an incentive to attend in the week 8-15 but that did not happen. I ask that you indicate now if you want to come to Charlotte Pass in September. I am about to leave for a month’s skiing. When I return in early April will ask those who indicated their intention to attend at Southern Alps to pay a deposit of 50%. The week 15-22 September is likely to fill fairly quickly. Those who want to come in that week but cannot be fitted in will have the following options: stay at Southern Alps in the week 8-15 September stay at Pygmy Possum in the week 15-22 September stay at Pygmy Possum in the week 8-15 September not come to Charlotte Pass at all in either week Rates at Pygmy Possum are $527 for either week for non-members of Elouera Ski Club booking and paying after 1 April. Please note that Pygmy Possum is self-catering (you have to take and cook your own food unless you arrange to eat at Southern Alps or the Chalet). I propose to accept bookings in the order I receive notice of your intention to attend, confirmed by your paying the 50% deposit in early April. For those whom I can’t fit in at Southern Alps in the week 15-22 September I propose to try to sort out which is the preferred alternative in order to ensure a good-sized group wherever and whenever the majority would like to stay.|
|Tue~1~Jan~--~Thu~28~Feb 2019||variable||India Skiing||skiing||Dates: TBC in January and/or February 2019. Where: Gulmarg (Kashmir), Auli (Uttarakhand), maybe Kullu Valley (Himachal Pradesh). Gulmarg is India's best ski resort, and extends from ~2800m at the base to ~4000m at the top; it's often possible to ski below 2800m, to Tangmarg. It's not far from Srinagar. Auli is near Nanda Devi, India's highest peak. Photos taken from Auli look amazing. It's near Joshimath, a bit past Rishikesh, allegedly the world yoga capital where the Beatles resided with the Maharishi decades ago. There are "ski courses" at Auli which include accommodation and full board for a very reasonable price. The Kullu has a ski touring guidebook written by Australian expat CR Spooner, and there are huge areas where ski touring could be done. Note that the skiing is above ~3200m, up to about 4500m or so. Acclimatisation to altitude is imperative, and the terrain is not flat(!). There's also a small resort at Solang. The plan is to go resort and backcountry skiing at/from Gulmarg and Auli. Overnight touring means carrying lots of stuff - at altitude. It might be possible if the participants have enough time for acclimatisation, otherwise it's too much like hard work. If you have any interest at all, please contact Stephen Poole, preferably via email in the first instance, and ASAP.|