Mt Wall, Craigieburn Range – Sunday, 22 September 2019

(Another day trip that went on the planned day AND in almost perfect weather)

This is a classic circuit starting from the tractor shed on the Broken River ski field road, up through the ski field, sidling out to the true right of the basin to gain the top ridge, and travelling south to the gnarly ridge leading back east to Mt Wall. From the peak itself, the piece de resistance is then the fast descent on the scree running ALL the way down to adjacent to the tractor shed.

Away from the tractor shed at 9.20am the ski field was still operating and the six of us sidled left as much as possible to stay clear of skiers. We put crampons on early to get up the shaded snow track above the bushline and kept them on even though the snow was soft away from the ski field. On the top ridge by 11.50am, we stopped at 12.20pm at a lovely spot for lunch in the 1884m area.

South of 1884m, the horizontal ridge leading to Mt Wall was as usual, gnarly in partial snow cover but enjoyable. On 1874m Mt Wall at 2.30m, it was then time to step off the side and start the run down. The scree delivered once again, and we were back at the cars by 4.00pm.

MW

On the Mt Wall ridge, look back of the steep gut. Photo courtesy of Merv Meredith

The six of us were: Bridget Barclay, Laurayne Devery, Mafi Gehrig, Merv Meredith(leader), Kerry Moore and Shi-Ping Wang. PMM.